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Challenging Dry-Celling

Advocacy

“Dry-celling” is a form of solitary confinement where someone suspected of carrying contraband is held under direct observation, with the lights at all time, and with no running water for an indefinite period of time. Lisa Adams, who had been held in a dry cell for 16 days while incarcerated at the Nova Institution, challenged the […]

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Challenging the Use of Strip Searching – Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Advocacy

In 2017, CAEFS Atlantic regional advocates assisted a woman in submitting a public complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission of the RCMP (CCRC) regarding the illegal strip search that she endured in 2013. The CCRC subsequently conducted a public interest investigation into her complaint and a final report was shared with CAEFS in […]

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Public Inquest into the Death of a Woman at the Grand Valley Institution  

Legal Interventions

CAEFS is working to support the inquest into the death of a woman at the Grand Valley Institution in 2016. This woman’s death is further proof that that prisons are no place for individuals with mental health issues. As an organization with a substantial interest in the Inquest, CAEFS has been granted standing to take an […]

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Human Rights Case: Conditions of Confinement for People in Prisons Designated for Women

Legal Interventions

In 2010 CAEFS filed a Human Rights Case on behalf of all federally sentenced women with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Information from our years of advocacy and monitoring conditions of confinement will be used as evidence in this case.

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Elizabeth Fry Week 2022

Legal Interventions

This year’s Elizabeth Fry Week theme is: “Doing Life: Understanding Life Sentences in Canada”. The goal of Elizabeth Fry Week is to enhance public awareness and education around the issues impacting criminalized and marginalized women and gender-diverse people. This year, we are using Elizabeth Fry Week to raise awareness about on one of the least […]

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