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Solitary confinement: Bill C-56 not enough to eliminate risk of abuse

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 8:48 AM | By Lisa Kerr

On July 4, a trial about the constitutionality of “solitary confinement” began in British Columbia Supreme Court. In recent years, solitary has been raised in multiple legal proceedings, public investigations and media reports. This is the first comprehensive, constitutional challenge to the legislative provisions that govern the practice.

The claim is based on ss. 7, 12 and 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it attacks multiple provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act which authorize what is formally called “administrative segregation.” Under these...