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Stimulus Connect 19: Prisons

August 24, 2022

Is the prison system rehabilitation or community safety? The majority of society doesn’t lock their pets in cages for months or years at a time to ‘correct or rehabilitate”. Therefore, why do Canadians feel that locking humans in cages would change the situation? Join us as we connect on prisons!


  1. Panelist Organization: PASAN
    1. ​Phone Line  ​1-866-224-9978
    2. Resource: Cell Count
    3. Resource: Playing Cards
  2. Panelist Organization: Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Society
    1. Challenging Dry-Celling and a recent Twitter thread
  3. Panelist Organization: Alberta Alliance Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR)
  4. Federal Administrative Segregation Class Actions. Deadline for making a claim is September 7, 2022
  5.  Reports:
    1. Prison Health is Public Health: 2022 Report, March 31, 2022
    2. No Fixed Address: The Intersections of Justice Involvement and Homelessness, 2022
    3. The Harms of Incarceration: The evidence base and human rights framework for decarceration and harm reduction in prisons. June 2021
    4. Closed Quarters: Challenges and Opportunities in Stabilizing Housing and Mental Health Across the Justice Sector, February 14, 2019
    5. Care not Corrections: Relieving the Opioid Crisis in Canada, April 17, 2018
  6. From @CAEFS – Twitter, August 18, 2022


    1. Native Women’s Association of Canada: Prison Issues, May 6, 2022
    2. Prison Pandemic Papers (By province or territory and federal), March 8, 2022
  7. Course: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm: The Promise of Restorative & Transformative Practices (USA)
  8. Book: Lessons in Liberation: Ab Abolitionish Toolkit for Educators
  9. Podcast: Perilous Canada
  10. Video:
    1. Decarcerating Care (USA)
    2. Spotlight on Solitary
  11. Websites:
    1. A Chronicle of Prisoner Unrest Across the US and Canada
    2. Caring for People Who are Detained and see their Zine, July 2021
    3. Choosing Real Safety: A historic declaration to divest from policing and prisons and build safer communities for all
    4. Criminalization and Punishment Education Project 
      1. Phone Line 613-567-JAIL (5245)
    5. Fresh Start Coalition: Working to change the law so people can move beyond their old records
    6. The John Howard Society of Canada
      1. Broken Record: The Continued Criminalization of Mental Health Issues and it’s related Report
    7. Justice Exchange: A centre for collaborative and community justices
    8. Unlocking the Gates Services Society
  12. Journal Articles:
    1. Use of community healthcare and overdose in the 30 days following release from provincial correctional facilities in British Columbia, December 1, 2021
    2. Policing with a public health lens – Moving towards an understanding of crime as a public health issue, June 11, 2021
    3. Hepatitis C elimination among people incarcerated in prisons: challenges and recommendations for action within a health systems framework, May 2021
    4. Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Incarcerated Women in Canada: A Scoping Review, January 18, 2021
    5. Perceptions and concerns of hepatitis C reinfection following prison-wide treatment scale-up: Counterpublic health amid hepatitis C treatment as prevention efforts in the prison setting. March 2020
  13. Media:
    1. Formerly incarcerated women in Nova Scotia share their stories, August 11, 2022
    2. Expansion of prison needle exchange programs going ahead despite pandemic delays, August 2, 2022
    3. How Prison and Parole Can Pull You Into a Debt Trap, July 20, 2022 (USA)
    4. Gaps in mental health care behind bars persist, 4 years after N.B. auditor general report, July 18, 2022
    5. Prison Didn’t Rehabilitate Me, But Using Meth in Prison Did, June 7, 2022
    6. Supervised drug consumption sites for federal prison inmates to expand after success in Alberta’s Drumheller Institution, May 29, 2022
    7. Scary and stressful’: Edmonton Remand Centre health workers say losing on-site paramedics puts inmates in danger, May 9, 2022
    8. Government of Saskatchewan announcement: Substance Abuse Treatment Unit Launched At Saskatoon Correctional Centre, May 9, 2022
    9. “No Evidence” Higher Incarceration Rates Reduce Fears of Crime, May 3, 2022
    10. POD: FOIPs show the school to prison pipeline in action, April 14, 2022
    11. NO WAY OUT: Once behind bars, racialized people are far less likely to get paroled when they are eligible, February 22, 2022
    12. People Leaving Prison Need More Supports to Protect Against Overdose: A new study shows the critical value of access to the health-care system. December 7, 2021
    13. Build communities, not cages: Jails are death traps, no matter how new, October 24, 2020
    14. How the Prison Abolition Issue came to be, September 2, 2021
    15. Audio: Tank Standing Buffalo explores incarceration, isolation in TIFF animated short, September 18, 2020
    16. Pregnant inmates are getting prenatal care far below health standards, study shows, August 23, 2020
    17. Black Lives Matter in prison, too, June 14, 2020