Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Canada Makes Huge Reforms on Solitary Confinement

Canada Makes Huge Reforms on Solitary Confinement

In January 2018, Canada took important steps regarding the overuse of segregation, also known as solitary confinement, when the courts decided on two separate court cases. One legal challenge from the Ontario government will no longer place people with mental health disabilities in segregation, while the British Columbia Supreme Court ended segregation in federal facilities for indefinite amounts of time.

Read more about these reform efforts below:

Solitary confinement for inmates with mental illness to end in Ontario
Indefinite solitary confinement struck down by B.C. Supreme Court judge
Justice Peter Leask’s written decision from British Columbia
Understanding the Recent Canadian Legal Victories

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