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Solitary confinement unconstitutional, rules B.C. Supreme Court

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:58 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has delivered a decisive constitutional ruling against unrestricted use of solitary confinement for federal prisoners.

Justice Peter Leask ruled in British Columbia Civil Liberties Association v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 BCSC 62, that the use of administrative segregation of inmates under certain conditions violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under both s. 7, which protects an individual’s life, liberty and security, as well as s. 15, in defence of equality rights.

“The impugned laws are invalid pursuant to s....