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... End Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Dear friends and supporters,

Yesterday we had another victory in the fight for prison justice.

The BC Court of Appeal released its decision affirming that the laws authorizing prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement are unconstitutional.

This has serious implications for the federal government’s new solitary confinement law, which was passed just last Friday by Parliament.

Check out our press conference on this landmark ruling.

Last year, the government chose to challenge our landmark victory in the BC Supreme Court, and defend the laws that endanger the lives and health of people in federal prisons.

Today’s decision is a rejection of the government’s attempt to overturn this ruling.

It calls out Canada’s long-standing practice of isolating prisoners for weeks, months and even years at a time – with no end in sight – a practice that is especially discriminatory against people who struggle with mental health, people with disabilities, and Indigenous people.

This decision commits Canada to ensuring that human rights are respected and upheld behind prison walls.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s replacement legislation, passed on Friday by Parliament, still allows prolonged solitary confinement under certain circumstances and remains unconstitutional.

Read our press release here.

The government will have an opportunity to appeal this ruling. We are ready to take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary.

Thank you for standing with us,

Grace Pastine

Litigation Director

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