Lib­eral leg­is­la­tion looks for lim­its on soli­tary con­fine­ment

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion that would limit how long prison in­mates can be kept in soli­tary con­fine­ment. Once passed, the bill would — for the first time — im­pose a so-called leg­isla­tive frame­work es­tab­lish­ing a time limit for what prison of­fi­cials call ad­min­is­tra­tive seg­re­ga­tion. Un­der the cur­rent law, the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice of Canada is re­quired to re­lease pris­on­ers from seg­re­ga­tion at the ear­li­est possible time. The new law would es­tab­lish a seg­re­ga­tion time limit of 21 days ini­tially, and then 15 days once the leg­is­la­tion has been the law of the land for 18 months.

The leg­is­la­tion also pro­poses amend­ing the Corrections and Con­di­tional Re­lease Act and the Abo­li­tion of Early Parole Act to make them com­pli­ant with the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms.

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