I cannot imagine craving human contact so badly that I would do things that risk my life, yet that was Ashley Smith’s reality for months before she died in segregation on Oct. 19, 2007. As I was reminded recently when I met with women in prison, this remains the reality for far too many.
British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask’s recent ruling that indefinite segregation of prisoners is unconstitutional leaves far too much power in the hands of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) – power that can be exercised against one of the most powerless and voiceless groups in our country, behind closed doors and with relative impunity.
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Senator Kim Pate
Senate of Canada
January 29, 2018