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Shock, disappointment over federal appeal of B.C. solitary confinement decision

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM | By Ian Burns

The federal government has announced it is going to appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that solitary confinement is unconstitutional, a decision that legal experts are calling disappointing in that it will lead to delay in making changes to a practice that has been called into question at multiple levels of court.

In January, Justice Peter Leask ruled (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 BCSC 62) that the use of solitary confinement, also known as administrative segregation, under certain conditions violates both...