CPEP members publish op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, to hold rally denouncing deaths in custody tomorrow

Sarah Speight (PhD student, Geography, uOttawa), Souheil Benslimane (BA student, Social Innovation, St. Paul’s University), Aaron Doyle (Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University) and Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) have published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Stop criminalizing people living with mental health issues. It kills.” The piece discusses the Coroner’s inquest into the circumstances that led to the death of Cas Geddies, who ended-up in solitary confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre instead of receiving care and compassion in the community.

CPEP is organizing a rally beginning at 8:30am tomorrow at the Canadian Tribute for Human Rights (corner of Elgin and Lisgar) to mark the resumption of the inquest, and to demand an end to the harms caused by punishing rather than supporting members of our communities. Click here for more details.

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