Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) and Aaron Doyle (Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University), who are founding members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP), co-authored an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen today. Entitled "There are many alternatives to a bigger jail in Ottawa", the piece quotes several local leaders, organizers and researchers who propose community investments as an alternative to building a 725-bed facility to replace the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
The op-ed follows a demonstration held on April 27 as part of the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion campaign initiated by CPEP and other local groups calling for more community care and services instead of imprisonment. Click on the links below to view and read media coverage of the event.
CBC News Ottawa:
“Demonstrators protest plan to build bigger Ottawa jail”
“Invest in programs, not bigger jail, says former inmate"
CBC Radio Ottawa (All In A Day):
CTV News Ottawa:
“Protest over plans for new Ottawa jail”
“Protesters want better community support, not bigger jail”
“Ottawa’s new jail ‘an innovation platform’ to transform corrections, minister promises”
“Une manifestation contre la construction d’une nouvelle prison à Ottawa”