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New Ontario prison legislation ‘progressive,’ but hard caps on segregation needed, says legal scholar

Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 11:52 AM | By Terry Davidson

New Ontario legislation governing the treatment of inmates is “progressive” in its capping of time spent in segregation but may still leave prisoners unprotected by allowing extensions to stays in solitary, says one legal mind.

Adelina Iftene, of Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, sees the Correctional Services and Reintegration Act, 2018 as, overall, a positive piece of legislation when it comes to establishing review panels, improving conditions of confinement, strengthening health care and fostering reintegration.

But what leaves Iftene concerned involves elements of the Act’s...