Groups Discuss Legal Fight Against Solitary Confinement

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Groups Discuss Legal Fight Against Solitary Confinement

Civil liberties and prison rights groups hold a news conference on Parliament Hill to urge the federal government to comply with court rulings against indefinite solitary confinement. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC) won constitutional challenges against indefinite solitary confinement in decisions by the Ontario and British Columbia courts in December 2017 and January 2018. The federal government is appealing the B.C. court’s decision, while the CCLA is appealing portions of the Ontario judgement.

Speaking with reporters are Michael Bryant (executive director and general counsel, CCLA), Catherine Latimer (executive director, JHSC), Lawrence DaSilva (a former prisoner who spent 2,580 days in solitary confinement during his 19-year sentence), and Paul Champ ( a director of the BCCLA). (May 14, 2018) (no interpretation)