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End indefinite solitary confinement

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Dear friends,

Despite the recent historic decision from the Supreme Court of BC ordering an end to indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, the federal government has decided it would rather support torture than comply with the law. We need your help to end this destructive practice now.

We are ready to fight the government in the court of appeal, but they have a chance to stop using solitary confinement right now. We’re going to Ottawa to demand that the federal government obey the courts, and we need your support to show the government that Canadians will not stand for torture.

Stand with the hundreds of people who are currently in solitary confinement.

SIGN THE PETITION

BobbyLee Worm is a young Indigenous woman who gave evidence of the severe physical and psychological harm she suffered when she spent over 700 consecutive days in solitary confinement. That’s two years of complete isolation for up to 23 hours every day. Since her release, BobbyLee has worked hard to heal from that trauma and rebuild her life.

Christopher Roy was placed in solitary when he voluntarily turned himself in after violating his parole conditions. Christopher ended his life in his prison cell after spending two months in solitary confinement. His father, Rob, testified about his son’s final days in this destructive system.

"Solitary confinement does one thing: it breaks a person

Christopher’s experience is all too familiar. The suicide rate for prisoners is seven times the rate of the Canadian public, with nearly half of those suicides occurring in solitary confinement.

Two provincial Supreme Courts agree that indefinite solitary confinement is unconstitutional and discriminatory. Mentally ill and Indigenous prisoners are placed in solitary at a rate higher than other prisoners. The United Nations says that it amounts to torture. It’s time to end this brutal practice.

Sign the petition now and call on the government to end indefinite solitary confinement.

Together with our allies at the John Howard Society of Canada and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the BCCLA will continue this fight. We hope that you will join us.

Warmly,

Josh Paterson

Executive Director

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