The Criminal Justice Group has been reconstituted to work on specific justice issues following the interest and commitment of a number of individuals who attended the Annual General Meeting this past May 2016.
They identified the following three main issues as most important and timely:
1. over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples
2. the excessive use of solitary confinement
3. greater use of restorative justice in our system
This is particularly timely as the Ministerial Mandate letter for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General specifically calls on the minister to collaborate on an inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, to address the problem of over-incarceration of indigenous women and men, and to address the problem of solitary confinement, as well as to promote the greater use of restorative justice in our system.
Actions and Issues
When Prime Minister Harper announced the cancellation of contracts for non-Christian prison chaplains, the response from faith communities was swift. The Canadian Unitarian Council and UU Ministers of Canada (UUMOC) wrote to Mr. Harper asking how he will provide access … Continue reading