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Solitary comes in for more heat from the bench

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Michael Benedict

Another judge has slammed the increasingly controversial use of prison solitary confinement for so-called administrative purposes. In the latest decision, Alberta Queen’s Bench Justice Joanne Veit castigated the federal maximum-security Edmonton Institution for failing on both procedural fairness and reasonableness grounds when ordering three inmates into solitary.

Finding “perfunctory” the prison’s mandatory segregation reviews, Veit went on to say that the “institution has essentially provided conclusions, rather than reasons, for its actions.”

Meanwhile, the Ontario government is appealing a scathing May Superior Court judgment (Ogiamien v....