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New Report: Spotlight on Solitary, Summary Report


On Monday, November 16, 2020, a coalition of groups invested in justice for prisoners launched a 15-day spotlight on the ongoing practice of solitary confinement in Canada. This spotlight led up to the one-year anniversary of the supposed implementation of the Structured Intervention Units (SIUs) in federal Canadian prisons – an implementation that has received considerable public criticism over the failure of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to cooperate with the independent oversight committee, and a lack of meaningful change from the solitary confinement units they were intended to replace.

This report, released one year later, summarizes the panels from the Spotlight on Solitary campaign, most of which can be found on YouTube. These panels include some of Canada’s most respected and recognized advocates, scholars, lawyers, and politicians – and features the critical voices of individuals with lived experiences of incarceration and community groups.