Vancouver Sun



A study has found shortcomin­gs

with the process intended to serve as a check on new units for isolating federal prisoners from the general jail population. In response to criticism of solitary confinemen­t, the government ushered in “structured interventi­on units” for inmates requiring isolation to allow better access to programmin­g and mental-health care. Prisoners transferre­d to the units are supposed to be allowed out of their cells for four hours each day, with two of those hours engaged in “meaningful human contact.” According to the Correction­al Service, personnel known as independen­t external decision makers review inmate cases and provide binding recommenda­tions. However, a new study says the reviews are “not adequate,” and it cites a lack of informatio­n about the nature of the informatio­n used by the decision makers, the logic behind their findings and the implementa­tion of their decisions. The study was prepared by criminolog­ists Anthony Doob and Jane Sprott and law professor Adelina Iftene using data provided by the Correction­al Service.

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