• 09/23/16 - - CSC admits 'staff misconduct' in inmate's death

    - - CSC admits 'staff misconduct' in inmate's death By Karissa Donkin, Joan Weeks, CBC News   Correctional Service Canada has fired one staff member and disciplined three others after an inmate was beaten and repeatedly pepper-sprayed at a New Brunswick prison before his death.   The top correctional official in Atlantic Canada adm... Read more...»»

  • 08/02/16 - - Death Reports Being Censored Fears Prison Watchdog

    - - Death Reports Being Censored Fears Prison Watchdog OTTAWA — A study prepared by Canada's federal prison ombudsman says Corrections Canada consistently blacked out possible errors or shortfalls documented in investigation reports into jail deaths sent to families.   Howard Sapers says in a study released Tuesday that his office compared th... Read more...»»

  • 05/13/16 - - KP Tours 2016

    - - KP Tours 2016  KINGSTON PARTNERS WITH THE GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO TO OPEN KINGSTON PENITENTIARY FOR  TOURS Kingston, ON – The City of Kingston in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) will open Kingston Penitentiary (KP) for ... Read more...»»

  • 02/10/16 - - OPP seek tips in cold case prison murder

    - - OPP seek tips in cold case prison murder By Ian MacAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard Provincial Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a cold case prison murder dating back to 1999. Police have gone to social media looking for clues in the case.   On Sunday, Jan. 17, of that year, 27-year-old Donald Mongeon was ... Read more...»»

  • 12/17/15 - - Training facility to open at RCMP Depot in Regina

    - - Training facility to open at RCMP Depot in Regina The Canadian Press - A new facility in Regina gives corrections workers a taste of life on the job. Housed at RCMP Depot division, the facility is where all new workers with Corrections Services Canada will come for training from across the country. They will spend 12 weeks in and out o... Read more...»»

  • 07/17/15 - - Millhaven Shivs & Shanks (Weapons)

    - - Millhaven Shivs & Shanks (Weapons) I knew it wouldn’t be easy getting a copy of the surveillance video shown at the Jordan Trudeau coroner’s inquest. However, I remain hopeful that prisontv.net will be able to get access to this important piece of videotape. Naturally, privacy concerns are paramount, but blurring faces is quite e... Read more...»»

  • 07/15/15 - - Jordan Lee Trudeau Inquest Verdict

    - - Jordan Lee Trudeau Inquest Verdict An Ontario coroner's jury in Napanee has ruled the shooting death of Jordan Lee Trudeau in the gymnasium at Millhaven Institution a homicide.   In an inquest, homicide means another person’s actions caused the death but does not carry any criminal or civil implications. Trudeau, 29, w... Read more...»»

  • 07/13/15 - - Coroner's Inquest: Jordan Trudeau

    - - Coroner's Inquest: Jordan Trudeau On behalf of Prison TV, for the next 2 days I’m attending the coroner’s inquest examining the shooting death of Millhaven inmate Jordan Trudeau by prison guards in 2011.  A report issued by the Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad, under the direction of OPP, concluded that there was no criminal wro... Read more...»»

  • 07/04/15 - - "Prison is not good for people"

    - - "Prison is not good for people" By Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen Few people have more experience with the prison system than Peter Collins, which makes his critique of the system, if not unbiased, at least well informed.   “I’ve been in prison for more than 30 years and I’m sure of one thing: prison is not good f... Read more...»»

  • 06/25/15 - - Rare Photo

    - - Rare Photo You don't see this very often. A photo of former Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro in shackles and cuffs; Del Mastro is going to jail for one month after being convicted on Elections Canada charges. Ironically, Del Mastro sat on the House of Commons Ethics Committee.   https://vine.co/v/... Read more...»»

  • 06/23/15 - - I fell in Love and got Married (in Prison)

    - - I fell in Love and got Married (in Prison) By Sherry Edmunds-Flett - LINC - - Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario (known as the prison capital of Canada), I had no desire to go into the several federal prisons located in and around my hometown. My knowledge of life behind the walls was formed by the murders and riots reported on i... Read more...»»

  • 06/17/15 - - Ignore reporter's phone calls: CSC official

    - - Ignore reporter's phone calls: CSC official Veronica Park dies while in custody at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro By Brett Ruskin, CBC News   Representatives with the Correctional Service of Canada coordinated to ignore questions and suppress media coverage following the death of an inmate at a Nova Scotia prison, inter... Read more...»»

  • 03/13/15 - - Offender escaped, recaptured in Kingston

    - - Offender escaped, recaptured in Kingston Correctional Service Canada is investigating after an offender escaped, and was recaptured, Wednesday morning in Kingston. Offender Ronald McDonald, sentenced to just over two-and-a-half years for break and enter and failing to comply in November 2013, was noticed missing from the minimum securi... Read more...»»

  • 02/28/15 - - CSC employees among 29 people arrested

    - - CSC employees among 29 people arrested By Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig Standard -  Another Correctional Service Canada employee from Kingston and 28 other people from across the province have been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police following a 10-city, 16-month-long investigation called Project Batlow. Christopher D'Cunha, 44,... Read more...»»

  • 02/24/14 - - 15 years after prison slaying, Donald Mongeon goes to prosecutors

    - - 15 years after prison slaying, Donald Mongeon goes to prosecutors Ottawa thief was slain in Kingston penitentiary, 50 steps from a guard post -- GARY DIMMOCK, OTTAWA CITIZEN    Fifteen years after Donald Mongeon was knifed to death in prison, Ontario Provincial Police have turned to prosecutors to see if there’s enough evidence to warrant charges agai... Read more...»»

  • 02/19/14 - - Prison babies to stay with moms

    - - Prison babies to stay with moms The B.C. government will not appeal a court ruling that forced the province to reinstate a program allowing mothers to care for their newborn babies while serving time in a Maple Ridge prison.   B.C. Corrections confirmed staff are currently developing a new program for the Alouette Correct... Read more...»»

  • 01/25/14 - - Canada’s prison population at all-time high

    - - Canada’s prison population at all-time high By Maureen Brosnahan, CBC News New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion of inmates who are Caucasian has declined significantly. As well, Canada’s prison population is now at its ... Read more...»»

  • 11/01/13 - - Tapes show mentally ill prisoners forced from cells with pepper spray

    - - Tapes show mentally ill prisoners forced from cells with pepper spray By Paige St. John, LA Times Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray. Some of the inmates are being forced to comply with medication orders; others are to be m... Read more...»»

  • 09/13/13 - - Last Convict leaves Kingston Pen Sept 27

    - - Last Convict leaves Kingston Pen Sept 27 CKWS TV - Kingston Pen is more than just a prison for some of Canada's hardened criminals. Portions of the penitentiary have also been designated a national historic site which means some aspects have to be preserved.  Corrections Canada hasn't said what will become of K-P, but as Newswatch's Darry... Read more...»»

  • 07/25/13 - - Canada’s crime rate drops to lowest level since 1972

    - - Canada’s crime rate drops to lowest level since 1972 By Jill Mahoney, The Globe and Mail: Canada’s crime rate continued to fall last year, with the homicide rate dropping to the lowest level in 46 years. Statistics Canada said the overall police-reported crime rate decreased 3 per cent, reaching the lowest level since 1972. The reduction was... Read more...»»

  • 06/10/13 - - “Don” Jail inmate says jail guards attacked him

    - - “Don” Jail inmate says jail guards attacked him By: Betsy Powell - A former inmate of the Toronto “Don” Jail has testified he was viciously attacked by two correctional officers for no other reason than asking why he was being moved from one cell to another.   The trial, which began Monday, will revolve around survei... Read more...»»

  • 03/28/13 - - Pope washes feet of young detainees

    - - Pope washes feet of young detainees ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus'... Read more...»»

  • 03/28/13 - - A 'slip of the tongue' may reveal greater truths

    - - A 'slip of the tongue' may reveal greater truths By Brian Judge - Kingston Whig Standard “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe / Catch a n----r by the toe / If he hollers, let him go / Eeny, Meany, Miney, Moe.” If I was a senior manager with the National Parole Board and recited that rhyme in front of 20 staff members and a room full of black inmate... Read more...»»

  • 01/28/13 - - Ashley Smith guard allowed to quit after charges dropped

    - - Ashley Smith guard allowed to quit after charges dropped By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press:  A correctional officer fired after a teenaged inmate choked herself to death was allowed to resign when criminal charges were dropped over the non-disclosure of key documents, an inquest was told Monday. The Ashley Smith inquest heard prosecutors withdrew c... Read more...»»

  • 11/12/12 - - CBC Radio's 'The Current' - Ashley Smith Case

    - - CBC Radio's 'The Current' - Ashley Smith Case Lee Steven Chapelle, President of Canadian Prison Consulting Inc: Make no mistake; what happened to Ashley Smith is a travesty. However, it is also reflective of our present government’s culture of their 'Tough on Crime' approach and how deeply it has taken hold inside a very closed system. Th... Read more...»»

  • 11/09/12 - - Inmate disturbances on the rise

    - - Inmate disturbances on the rise By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News: The number of inmate disturbances in federal prisons has risen significantly on the Conservative watch, and government figures show last year's 357 incidents marked a 12-year high.   Since the Conservatives took office there have been 840 inmate disturbanc... Read more...»»

  • 10/23/12 - - Federal prison population in Canada growing

    - - Federal prison population in Canada growing Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau, Toronto Star: Canada’s federal prison population is growing, largely because more visible minorities, Aboriginal people and women are entering jails than ever before, a report said Tuesday. In his annual report, Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers said chan... Read more...»»

  • 10/23/12 - - Ashley Smith 'death video' can be made public, inquest rules

    - - Ashley Smith 'death video' can be made public, inquest rules The Canadian Press: The coroner presiding over an inquest into the death of a troubled teenager in a prison cell says the public can see surveillance video of her. Prison authorities had tried to keep the videos of a dying Ashley Smith and other materials from public view. But Dr. John Carli... Read more...»»

  • 10/11/12 - - Adult correctional services, 2010/2011

    - - Adult correctional services, 2010/2011 On any given day in 2010/2011, there were about 38,000 adults in Canada's prisons. This was nearly 900 more than the year before, resulting in a 0.9% increase in the rate of incarceration per 100,000 adults. Adults serving a federal sentence of two years or more accounted for 36% of those i... Read more...»»

  • 10/02/12 - - 'Internet Black Widow' - Melissa Stewart

    - - 'Internet Black Widow' - Melissa Stewart By RENATA D’ALIESIO, The Globe and Mail An elderly Nova Scotia woman who had garnered the nickname the “Internet Black Widow” for crimes involving men – including manslaughter – has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder attempt of her new spouse. Cape Breton Regiona... Read more...»»

  • 09/28/12 - - Inmates smash windows at Fraser Valley prison

    - - Inmates smash windows at Fraser Valley prison CBC News  Inmates in a cell block at B.C.’s Kent Institution maximum security prison smashed the outside windows of their cells last week and as punishment were denied food and access to showers, CBC News has learned. Inmates in the prison's A block broke the windows, prompting prison sta... Read more...»»

  • 09/21/12 - - Prison guards allegedly assaulted B.C. inmate

    - - Prison guards allegedly assaulted B.C. inmate by CBC News Several federal prison guards at the maximum security Kent Institution in B.C.’s Fraser Valley are under criminal investigation after an inmate was allegedly brutally assaulted, CBC News has learned. At least three separate investigations have been launched into the alleged act... Read more...»»

  • 09/03/12 - - It's Time He Came Home

    - - It's Time He Came Home By Lee Steven Chapelle, Canadian Prison Consulting Inc:   Labor Day weekend has come and gone, marking the end of yet another summer. It’s been a long hot one, with record setting temperatures across North America. However, the summer of 2012 will be remembered for different reasons by Ri... Read more...»»

  • 08/27/12 - - Record-high prison numbers sparking violence

    - - Record-high prison numbers sparking violence By Maureen Brosnahan, CBC News:  Canada’s prison population has reached an all-time high , with more inmates sharing cells designed for one, a situation that has raised tensions and led to growing violence, Canada’s correctional investigator says. Howard Sapers, an ombudsman for i... Read more...»»

  • 08/20/12 - - Ricky Atkinson Reference, NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD by Imam Ibrahim Downey:

    - - Ricky Atkinson Reference, NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD by Imam Ibrahim Downey: Please accept this character and reference letter in support of Mr. Richard (Ricky) Atkinson as he is known to our organization, and to me, to be a person of value, passion and goodness.   I have known Ricky for over 40 years, and in fact, we had grown up in the same environment (the street... Read more...»»

  • 08/01/12 - - Corrections Canada manager off job after scheming with offender

    - - Corrections Canada manager off job after scheming with offender By Kathleen Harris, CBC News: A former manager with Canada's prison system is off the job after an internal investigation found a slew of serious policy breaches – including conflict of interest involving an offender, paying an offender for a good, directing an employee to provide a benefit t... Read more...»»

  • 07/23/12 - - Accountability; a one way street?

    - - Accountability; a one way street? By Lee Steven Chapelle, Canadian Prison Consulting Inc:   Rick Atkinson received a text from his parole officer telling him to come to the Toronto West Parole Office for an unscheduled ‘meeting’ at noon on Friday June 29th, 2012.  As is often the case for federal parolee’s, it was ... Read more...»»

  • 07/19/12 - - 13 Months For ‘Arrogance’

    - - 13 Months For ‘Arrogance’ By Lee Steven Chapelle, Canadian Prison Consulting Inc: Rick Atkinson does not shy away from his past. He is an engaging, charismatic individual who possess’ a great deal of presence. A natural leader, while incarcerated Rick utilized his skill set to the fullest; advocating for others while proac... Read more...»»

  • 07/16/12 - - Thought Crime

    - - Thought Crime By Brian Judge, Prisontv.net: Held without charge at the Metro West detention centre for 16 days, prisontv.net colleague Ricky Atkinson has been sent to a Kingston area prison to await a parole hearing.   Rick earned full parole in January 2011 and returned to Toronto last fall. His girlfr... Read more...»»

  • 07/08/12 - - Violent assaults in federal prisons on the rise

    - - Violent assaults in federal prisons on the rise By Tonda MacCharles Toronto Star: It was a vicious slashing in the middle of the day, a deliberate blow struck by a prisoner gripping a cunning weapon. The woman, a correctional officer of three years’ experience at B.C.’s Kent Institution, had just glanced down at a request form the inmate ... Read more...»»

  • 06/21/12 - - RTC inmates being moved to Bath, Millhaven

    - - RTC inmates being moved to Bath, Millhaven By Danielle VandenBrink, Kingston Whig-Standard:  Federal inmates who are mentally ill will remain in the region following the closure of the Kingston Penitentiary, the Whig-Standard has learned. Correctional Service Canada has confirmed that inmates of the Regional Treatment Centre, a 143-inma... Read more...»»

  • 02/17/12 - - “I used to lie. I don’t any more.”

    - - “I used to lie. I don’t any more.” By Joe Fiorito Toronto Star Ricky Atkinson is back in town. He is older now, and he says he is wiser and, yes, he has said that before. The difference this time? “Fifteen more years in jail.” We were talking in his apartment, in the west end, on a cold, damp, prison-grey afternoon. ... Read more...»»

  • 01/26/12 - - Corrections union opposes Bill C-10

    - - Corrections union opposes Bill C-10 CBC News - The corrections officers’ union voiced its opposition to the much-discussed omnibus crime legislation Bill C-10, which they say puts more people in jail, without addressing inmate mental issues. The president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) spoke Thursd... Read more...»»

  • 01/05/12 - - Jails don’t keep people out of jail

    - - Jails don’t keep people out of jail Globe and Mail: Collectively, we have nearly 10 decades of experience in the area of corrections and conditional release. There are many issues we have disagreed over, but we are united in our concerns with the direction of the Harper government’s “tough on crime” agenda. In a country... Read more...»»

  • 12/12/11 - - Harper government misguided in its tough-on-crime approach

    - - Harper government misguided in its tough-on-crime approach Globe Editorial: Canadas prison ombudsman gave up on free needle exchanges this week, and a senior justice adviser slammed the federal government for taking Canada backward on crime. They were separate events, but they reflect the frustration that many reform-minded people working in justice and... Read more...»»

  • 11/26/11 - - The role of religion in prison reform

    - - The role of religion in prison reform By John Longhurst, Winnipeg Free Press: Don't like the government's proposed crime bill? Blame the Quakers. Well, not literally. But the roots of our modern prison system go back to 19th-century efforts by that peaceful group, otherwise known as the Religious Society of Friends, to reform U.S. a... Read more...»»

  • 10/14/11 - - Ex-Cons-Only Jobs Fair

    - - Ex-Cons-Only Jobs Fair The city of Detroit has high unemployment, and no one has a tougher time finding work than an ex-con. So Detroit recently held a job fair strictly for ex-cons. More than 200 jobs were available, and no one who had not been convicted of a felony was eligible to attend. "That group (ex-convict... Read more...»»

  • 09/20/11 - - Conservatives unveil tough-on-crime legislation

    - - Conservatives unveil tough-on-crime legislation Steven Chase, Globe and Mail: Armed with a majority, the Harper government is setting out to refashion Canada’s justice system with a sweeping crime bill to toughen punishments for a range of offenders, from drug dealers to sexual predators to what Justice Minister Rob Nicholson calls “out-of-co... Read more...»»

  • 08/31/11 - - CSC seeks to stem 'revolving door' for inmates with mental disorders

    - - CSC seeks to stem 'revolving door' for inmates with mental disorders Douglas Quan, Postmedia News: The Correctional Service of Canada has quietly rolled out two pilot programs in the past year — one in British Columbia and one in Ontario — with the aim of stemming the "revolving door" of inmates with mental disorders who repeatedly get transferred between pr... Read more...»»

  • 08/16/11 - - Probe into ‘excessive force’ against inmates

    - - Probe into ‘excessive force’ against inmates Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star: Ontario’s ombudsman is launching a new probe into provincial jail guards using “excessive force” against inmates, saying he is disturbed by allegations that violence is being “covered up.” “We have had more than 100 complaints in the last year from in... Read more...»»

  • 07/21/11 - - Canada’s crime rate at lowest level in almost 40 years

    - - Canada’s crime rate at lowest level in almost 40 years Jill Mahoney, Globe and Mail:  Canada’s crime rate continued its long decline last year, hitting the lowest level since 1973. Crimes reported to police dropped 5 per cent in 2010. The decline spanned a wide range of offences, including the homicide rate, which fell by 10 per cent to a lev... Read more...»»

  • 06/28/11 - - Judge blasts mandatory gun sentences in ruling

    - - Judge blasts mandatory gun sentences in ruling Mike McIntyre and Sarah Boesveld, National Post: A Manitoba judge who expressed sympathy for a Winnipeg man who bought a handgun to protect himself says the law gives him no choice but to jail him, a move gun advocates say highlights the need for renewed discussion about Canadians’ right to self-d... Read more...»»

  • 05/16/11 - - Corrections Canada seeks strict publication ban at Ashley Smith coroner's inquest

    - - Corrections Canada seeks strict publication ban at Ashley Smith coroner's inquest Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News: A sweeping publication ban should be placed on all evidence heard at the coroner's inquest into how 19-year-old Ashley Smith died in an Ontario prison, Corrections Canada argued Monday on the first day of the high-profile proceedings looking into the New Brunswick woman... Read more...»»

  • 05/07/11 - - Jail guards pulled guns on inmates

    - - Jail guards pulled guns on inmates Diana Zlomislic, Toronto Star: Canada's prison service is under fire after an elite group of guards in full riot gear went rogue for 10 days and held inmates at gunpoint, a new report reveals. “For 10 days, this team followed its own rules of engagement with almost complete impunity,” the re... Read more...»»

  • 04/29/11 - - More than 800 inmates escape from Tunisian prisons

    - - More than 800 inmates escape from Tunisian prisons Associated Press: Tunisia’s official news agency says that more than 800 inmates have escaped from two prisons after fires were set in some cells. TAP says that 522 inmates from the prison in Kasserine escaped after a fire in two cells. Also, Friday another 300 inmates escaped from the Ga... Read more...»»

  • 04/07/11 - -Ashley Smith inquest: Let the videotapes in

    - -Ashley Smith inquest: Let the videotapes in Toronto Star: Nineteen-year-old Ashley Smith strangled herself to death while Kitchener prison guards watched and did nothing to stop her. If we are ever to have confidence that Canada’s prison system can properly cope with the growing number of inmates who are mentally ill, we need to find out ho... Read more...»»

  • 03/25/11 - - Police keep tabs on 85% of B.C. population

    - - Police keep tabs on 85% of B.C. population Sarah Boesveld, National Post, Mar. 24, 2011: More than 85% of British Columbians are named in the province’s police database, according to the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which warns citizens could be passed up for jobs and volunteer positions because of misleading red flags. The da... Read more...»»

  • 03/08/11 - - Appointments to the Parole Board of Canada

    - - Appointments to the Parole Board of Canada Ottawa, March 8, 2011: The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced eight appointments to the Parole Board of Canada. “Our Government is committed to ensuring appointments to the Parole Board of Canada are based on merit and ability,” said Minister Toews. “As an ind... Read more...»»

  • 03/07/11 - - Civil liberties watchdog wants end to solitary detention of women

    - - Civil liberties watchdog wants end to solitary detention of women Bethany Lindsay, ctvbc.ca: B.C.'s civil liberties watchdog has filed suit against the federal government, calling for an end to the practice of holding female prisoners in solitary confinement for months or even years at a time. The suit was filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday by the BC Civil ... Read more...»»

  • 03/04/11 - - B.C. prison inmates fighting to unionize

    - - B.C. prison inmates fighting to unionize The Canadian Press:  Inmates at a British Columbia prison are in the final stages of efforts to form their own union to press for their rights as workers within the institution. Their lawyer, Natalie Dunbar, said Friday organizers at Mountain Institution in Agassiz are trying to sign up members... Read more...»»

  • 03/02/11 - - 21% Increase in budget of Correctional Service Canada

    - - 21% Increase in budget of Correctional Service Canada By Andrew Mayeda, Mike De Souza and Amy Minsky, Postmedia News: Despite plans to increase spending on security and public safety, the Harper government expects to cut federal spending by more than $10 billion this year. The Conservative government projects that it will spend $250.8 billion in th... Read more...»»

  • 02/22/11 - - Canadians over age 55 most likely to agree with prison expenditures: Poll

    - - Canadians over age 55 most likely to agree with prison expenditures: Poll By Meagan Fitzpatrick, Postmedia News: A majority of Canadians support the Conservatives' costly prison expansion plan but think the government should be compelled to provide the estimated price tag for its entire law-and-order agenda, according to the results of a new poll. Fifty-seven per cent... Read more...»»