Preserving the Humanity

Popular TV programs that dramatize the criminal justice system tend to conclude episodes with the detectives making dramatic arrests or the prosecutors successfully sending the perpetrators to prison. We are seemingly left with the satisfaction of knowing that the guilty will be justly punished and that this is the end…

28 Dec 7:31 AM 0 Read More...

Class-action suit launched over treatment of mentally ill inmates

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in an Ontario court Friday alleges the federal government fails to provide adequate care to mentally ill prisoners while relying far too heavily on solitary confinement as a way to deal with them.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/17…

21 Jul 4:22 PM 0 Read More...

Screwing Down the Chair

The last time I went to visit a guy in Detention (the “Hole”), the chair I sat in had been freshly screwed into the floor.

I used to enjoy moving my chair off to one side of the upright barrier so that I could sit face to face with the…

10 Jul 12:00 AM 0 Read More...

An Exceptional Gathering of New Volunteers!

On October 26, 24 new MSCM volunteers came in from a rainy autumn day to join us in the Undercroft for this year’s volunteer preparation session.  This year, we have been lucky enough to recruit a wonderfully enthusiastic and engaging group of volunteers who made the day a great…

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