May 252016
The effects of the criminal justice system on children and youth - children's rights, incarceration of parents

Canadian Friends Service Committee has made a submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service regarding its review of segregation (more commonly called solitary confinement) in adult correctional facilities.
The statement raises Friends’ serious concerns with the potential harms produced by various forms of solitary confinement. It notes, “As pointed out by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator, the Ashley Smith Inquest, and the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth in Ontario, segregation is overused for certain groups: Black and Indigenous prisoners; those with mental health disabilities; women; and youth.”
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Quakers call for abolishment of segregation (solitary confinement) as part of our work to prevent, repair, and move beyond harm