Talk on arts in Aotearoa New Zealand Prisons and the role of the Arohata Women's Prison Book Club

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Sylvie Frigon (Full Professor) is organizing a Conference by Marianne Bevan who is currently an O'Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre For Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University. She works as a researcher for the Department of Corrections in Wellington, New Zealand where her work focuses on issues related to women's offending, family violence and trauma. She has been facilitating a book club with women at Arohata Women's Prison for the past four years.

Thursday, February 28, 2 :30 to 4 :00 pm
FSS 14005, University of Ottawa
RSVP : sfrigon@uottawa.ca before February 26th.

* An excerpt from the the novel 'The Mars Room' by Rachel Kushner, which was read in the book club can also  be read on the New Yorker website

Pioneering radical criminologist Tony Platt to speak at two Carceral Studies Research Collective events

Tony Platt, a pioneer of Radical Criminology in the United States (also known as the Berkeley School), will be speaking at two events organized by members of the University of Ottawa’s Carceral Studies Research Collective.

In a public lecture being held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe Street), Professor Platt will provide an overview of the arguments presented in his new book entitled “Beyond these Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States”. His talk will be followed by a discussion on how insights from his book can inform resistance to carceral expansion in Canada and a Q&A with audience members. Click here for more event information.

In a University of Ottawa lecture being held on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in room 4004 of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Platt explores the rise, decline and resurgence of Radical Criminology. The event includes lunch and light refreshments. Those interested in attending are encourage RSVP via email to justin.piche@uottawa.ca by Friday, February 22, 2019. Click here for more event information.

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ABOUT TONY PLATT

Over the course of four decades, Tony Platt taught American history, public policy, and social sciences at University of Chicago (1966-1968), Berkeley (1968-1977) and California State University, Sacramento (1977-2007). After completing an undergraduate degree at Oxford University (1960-1963) and earning a doctorate from Berkeley in 1966, he went on to authorten books and over 150 essays and articles dealing with issues of race, inequality, and social justice in American history. Among his notable works are “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency” (1969) and “Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial” (2006). His recent work – which includes the book, “Beyond these Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States” (2019) – is focused on issues relating to public history, memory, and the tragic past. He is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society.

CPEP has busy week fighting for better jail phone system and resisting carceral expansion

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This past week, members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) launched two initiatives.

Given that the inability to call cell phones and the expensive costs of collect calls were cited by Innes Road jail prisoners as an important issue in the first monthly report produced by Jail Accountability and Information Line, CPEP organized a #BellLetsTalkOCDC demonstration demanding that the telecommunications giant make the phone system at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. The event generated media coverage in several outlets, including CBC News and the Ottawa Citizen. Social media posts, including a public service announcement and a poem, where also viewed thousands of times. The success of the day of action has prompted interest from across the country to initiate a national campaign, which is now in the process of being planned.

With the Ontario provincial budget consultation process set to end on 8 February 2019, on Friday CPEP launched the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion infographics series. At a time when Ontario’s residents are set to face cuts to various government services that contribute to their well-being, the infographics series urges Premier Ford and his team to divest from building a new and bigger jail in Ottawa, and invest community care and services instead.

If you are a uOttawa student interested in contributing to CPEP’s efforts, email justin.piche@uottawa.ca.

Ontario must address health issues at Ottawa jail, say CPEP members in op-ed

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Members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen demanding changes in the way the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre deals with health issues. The piece is signed by Sarah Speight (CPEP member and uOttawa PhD student), Souheil Benslimane (CPEP member), Aaron Doyle (Carleton University) and Justin Piché (associate professor in our department).

Billet de Line Beauchesne: Conséquence de l'absence d'un changement de paradigme sur les drogues

Billet de Line Beauchesne: Conséquence de l'absence d'un changement de paradigme sur les drogues

Chaque mois, le blogue du Département de criminologie propose des billets rédigés par nos collègues et présentant leurs recherches ou leurs perspectives sur des enjeux d’actualité. Dans ce billet, Line Beauchesne décrit le programme de recherche prévu pour sa sabbatique à l’automne 2019.

Conséquences de l’absence d’un changement de paradigme à l’égard de la consommation de drogues

Par Line Beauchesne (Professeure titulaire)

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Chen, Hébert and Bittle: Number of work-related fatalities in Canada 10 to 13 times higher than official statistics

Ashley Chen (former MA Student), Jasmine Hébert (PhD Student) and Steven Bittle (Associate Professor) recently published an article in the journal Labour/Le Travail that critically examines official statistics on work-related death in Canada. Relying on a range of data sources, and adopting a broad definition of what constitutes a work-related fatality, the authors generate a revised estimate of the number of annual work-related fatalities in Canada. They estimate the number of annual work-related fatalities in Canada is at least 10 to 13 times higher than the approximately 900-1,000 annual average fatalities reported in official statistics. This makes work-related fatalities one of the leading causes of death in this country.

The authors hope their research helps to expose the serious and systematic underestimation of work-related fatalities in this country, a problem which only reinforces the historic belief that people are injured or sickened at work in limited (accidental) circumstances. The results of their study were featured extensively in the media recently. You can read articles about it on the CBC website, the Fulcrum, and in French on the website of ICI Radio-Canada. You can also listen to CBC’s Ottawa Morning interview with Steven Bittle.

La police au Québec: Intouchable? Line Beauchesne au lancement de la revue Droits et libertés

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Le mercredi 30 janvier à Gatineau aura lieu le lancement du dernier numéro de la revue Droits et libertés de la Ligue des droits et libertés. Le numéro s’intitule La police au Québec…Intouchable? Line Beauchesne (Professeure titulaire) est l’une des invitées à cette table ronde.

Mercredi 30 janvier, 17h à 19h, au bistrot Le Troquet, 41 rue Laval, Gatineau

Pour plus d’information, voir la page Facebook

Report by CPEP's Jail Accountability and Information Line (J.A.I.L) is all over the news

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We recently posted about the report released by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) about the 148 calls it received in the first month operating their JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line . Sarah Speight (CPEP member and uOttawa student) and Souheil Benslimane (CPEP member) were all over the news today discussing the report and the issues denounced by prisoners at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). Listen to them on CBC’s All In A Day, or read what they have to say on the CBC News website or in the Ottawa Citizen. Even the Halifax Examiner mentions the hotline today and argues that such a hotline is needed in Halifax as well.

CPEP's Jail Accountability and Information Line releases first monthly report

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Last month, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project launched the JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line to work with prisoners and their loved ones to improve conditions of confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), as well as connect them with community care and service providers to facilitate safe re-entry for those exiting the Innes Road jail.

Today, the JAIL hotline released its first monthly on conditions of confinement at OCDC. Medical and mental health cited were cited as the primary area of concern in approximately a quarter of the 148 calls they received in month one of their operations. To learn more about their findings and recommendations, consult their press release, read their report, or browse through the report highlights. Also check-out what the Innes Road Jail Prisoners’ Collective is reporting and recommending through a piece shared with the JAIL hotline.

If you are a uOttawa student or concerned community member who wishes to join the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project to work on the JAIL hotline or other initiatives like the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion campaign, contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) via email (justin.piche@uottawa.ca).

24 janvier: Lancement d'un numéro de la revue Criminologie sur la prise en charge suicide

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Comme nous l’avons annoncé récemment, Jean-François Cauchie (Professeur agrégé), Patrice Corriveau (Professeur titulaire) et Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée) ont dirigé un numéro thématique de la revue Criminologie intitulé Prise en charge du suicide: entre crime, troubles mentaux et droit de mourir. Le numéro inclut par ailleurs un article de notre collègue David Joubert (Professeur agrégé).

Le lancement du numéro aura lieu le jeudi 24 janvier, 16h00 à 17h30, au FSS 5028.

L'AÉC invite les étudiant(e)s à un événement de résautage / The CSA invites students to a networking event

The Criminology Student Association invites students to a networking event.

Title: Coffee & Croissants - a networking event 
Date: Tuesday January 22nd at 4pm-7pm
Room: FSS 4004
Description: Come learn about various opportunities to get involved within the field of criminology, by discussing possible volunteer opportunities and careers with professors, amid other professionals. Learn what you can do with your degree and start planning what's next, all the while enjoying so delicious baked goods and coffee! Check out the Facebook event.

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L’association des étudiant(e)s en criminologie invite les étudiant(e)s à un événement de résautage.
Titre: Café & Croissants - un événement réseautage
Date: Mardi, le 22 Janvier de 16h à 19h
Room: FSS 4004
Description: Joignez-vous à nous pour connaître les possibilités d'implications dans le champ de la criminologie, en discutant avec des professeurs et professionnels des activités bénévoles et carrières qui existent. Découvrez ce que vous pouvez faire avec votre diplôme et commencez à planifier la suite, tout en dégustant des viennoiseries et du café. Consultez la page Facebook.

Michael Kempa in the Globe & Mail about the Toronto Police

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Michael Kempa (Associate Professor) is cited in a Globe & Mail article revealing that 75% of all Toronto Police officers are not Toronto residents. Kempa says it’s always likely that some officers will live outside, but he argues that “there is a tipping point, where the police become less a part of the community and more like a well-intentioned occupying force. […] I’d say once you get over half you’re likely to start encountering problems.” Read the full story here.

New publication by Martin Dufresne and Dominique Robert on the technological assessment of mental health problems

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Martin Dufresne (Associate Professor) , Dominique Robert (Associate Professor) and their colleague participated in the writing of the new book Security and Risk; Technologies in Criminal Justice. Authors of the fifth chapter entitled Enrolling Brain Imaging: How Psychopathy Becomes a "Neuro" Fact, they are exploring the place occupied by the tools that are used to diagnose a mental health issue as a potential risk factor while using of a critical perspective to do so.

David Moffette and his colleague publish an article on sanctuary city organizing

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and Jennifer Ridgley (Geography, Carleton) published an article in the inaugural issue of Migration and Society. The essay, titled “Sanctuary City Organizing in Canada: From Hospitality to Solidarity”, looks at recent campaigns aimed at building, legislating, and enforcing municipal commitments to alleviating and resisting the harms done by federal immigration enforcement” in Canada. “The authors—who are themselves involved in sanctuary city organizing—reflect on the concept [of sanctuary], and offer a critical assessment of these organizing efforts. [They] provide a brief history of these campaigns in Canada, discuss the impact of these policies in cities where they have been adopted, reflect on the types of politics that inform notions of sanctuary, hospitality, solidarity, and resistance, and offer some lessons for moving forward.”

CPEP launches the Jail Accountability and Information Line

Since 2012, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) has brought together University of Ottawa and Carleton University professors and students, as well as former prisoners and other concerned members of the community to conduct research on, and raise awareness about, the need to reduce the use of imprisonment and improve conditions of confinement.

This week, the group launched the JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line where people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and their loved ones can call 613-567-JAIL (5245) from 1pm to 4pm on weekdays. The JAIL hotline has two objectives: accountability and information.

It aims to hold OCDC staff and management, along with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Correctional Service and provincial government, accountable for their administration of the Innes Road jail and encourage the observance of human rights standards for prisoners housed there. To this end, when the JAIL receives reports of problematic conditions and mistreatment of prisoners at OCDC, volunteers work with callers to identify potential solutions and take steps to attempt to prevent further harm. The JAIL also provides callers with contact information to local community care and service providers to help facilitate the safe re-entry of prisoners into the community upon release from OCDC.

If you are interested in prison justice work and want to volunteer for the JAIL hotline, contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) via email at justin.piche@uottawa.ca. Volunteer roles include fundraising, research, French and English communications, building community partnerships with care and services providers who can facilitate prisoner re-entry, developing complaint resolution plans, as well as call intake and debriefing.

To learn more about the JAIL hotline, read articles about it published in the Ottawa Citizen by journalist Bruce Deachman and CBC News, listen to Professor Piché’s interview on All in a Day with CBC Radio Ottawa’s Alan Neal or watch his interview on Ottawa News at 6 with CBC Ottawa’s Adrian Harewood (at 26:45 to 33:40).

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