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Every year, hundreds are held arbitrarily in provincial jails. The Canadian government must take action to end the jailing of migrants. (Shutterstock)

The detention of migrants in Canadian jails is a public health emergency

Migrants and refugee claimants in immigration detention continue to face serious trauma and abuse. The federal government must take action to stop migrant detentions.
An asylum-seeker crosses the border from New York into Canada at Roxham Rd. in March 2020 in Hemmingford, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Migrants deserve the right to make decisions about where they live

People don’t give up their right to be mobile or their right to make decisions about their lives simply because they are forced to flee untenable circumstances.
Family of the victims of a series of stabbings on the James Smith Cree Nation reserve in Saskatchewan hug following a news conference in Saskatoon on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Saskatchewan stabbings: Why Myles Sanderson was granted statutory release from prison

Myles Sanderson was given statutory release from prison prior to a stabbing rampage that left 10 people dead. But a legal expert says his case is unrepresentative of how people behave on this form of release.
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Direct-acting antivirals can cure hepatitis C and prisons are now leading efforts to eliminate the virus

Direct-acting antivirals can cure hepatitis C in eight to 12 weeks. But while the rate of uptake in Australia has slowed, a greater proportion of those undertaking treatment are in prison.
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Giving ex-prisoners public housing cuts crime and re-incarceration – and saves money

Finding stable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing prison leavers. Access to public housing has been found to flatten the curve on rates of recidivism.
A protester walks with a Canadian flag as police move in to clear downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill of protesters after weeks of demonstrations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The end of the ‘freedom convoy’ in Ottawa: Why rejoicing when occupiers get arrested isn’t the answer

Suggesting jail or prison is appealing because it is tangible and the process is familiar, but we must ask what is a better, effective and safe way to de-escalate potentially violent situations.
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‘West Side Story’ may be timeless – but life in gangs today differs drastically from when the Jets and Sharks ruled the streets

Gangs have changed in the decades since ‘West Side Story’ first came out – they are deadlier, and their demographics are different – as are the means law enforcement use to control them.
While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19. Scott Olson/Staff/Getty Images News

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.

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