Ottawa Citizen publishes an op-ed co-authored by Justin Piché calling for jail divestment and justice reinvestment

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The Ottawa Citizen has published an op-ed by Aaron Doyle (Associate Professor, Sociology, Carleton University) and Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) opposing a recent call by OPSEU Local 411 to invest more money into infrastructure at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, which would only perpetuate the violence of incarceration.  In the piece, they call upon the Government of Ontario to invest funds in community services and justice alternatives instead of more bricks-and-mortar.  

The op-ed builds upon the recently launched No On Prison Expansion / #NOPE Initiative by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project that calls upon individuals and community groups to join a coalition to pressure governments across Canada to institute a prison construction moratorium for fiscal year 2017-2018 and divert penal infrastructure funds towards addressing social inequalities and building community capacity for restorative and transformative justice initiatives to respond to criminalized acts, conflicts, and harms.