Court rulings in Ontario and British Columbia have concluded that solitary confinement is unconstitutional. The government has been given a year to reflect the new rulings.
The effects of solitary confinement are destructive and often permanent causing psychological harm including post-traumatic stress disorder and suicides. Solitary confinement is more than unconstitutional, it is cruel and unusual punishment.
On September 12, 2018, Elizabeth Fry Toronto will be hosting a panel discussion examining the consequences of short and long-term solitary confinement and what changes we expect to see in legislation and practice
Annual General Meeting: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Moderator: Jessyca Greenwood
- Dr. Cheryl Rowe- Psychiatrist from Inner City Health Associates
- Matthew Horner- Counsel Legal Services and Inquiries from Ontario Human Rights Commission
- Melissa Atkinson- Senior staff lawyer, Aborginal Legal Services
- Kassandra Churcher- National Executive Director from Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
- Woman with Lived Experience from Elizabeth Fry Toronto Society