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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bill C-83, Solitary Confinement, and Mental Health

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bill C-83, Solitary Confinement, and Mental Health

Dobson, Lydia. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bill C-83, Solitary Confinement, and Mental Health.Journal of Law and Social Policy 33, no. 1 (2020), 93-110. 

This article examines Bill C-83, a bill recently passed in Canada that aimed to restrict the use of restrictive housing for people with mental health issues and reduce the harms associated with its use. The article provides an overview of the history of mental health and segregation in Ontario, legislative oversight for federal and provincial jails, and ongoing reformsThe author questions the implementation strategies the law creates to mitigate the psychological effects of segregation, such as increasing monitoring and responding to the harms that segregation might cause rather than preventing or treating the harms caused by segregation and renaming units that still have segregation-like conditionsThe author highlights other potential consequences of Bill C-83 implementation that may jeopardize progress toward ongoing reforms. 

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Keywords: international, C83, province, CCLA, CCRA, oversight, healthcare, Canada.