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How Are Jails Handling the Pandemic in Ontario?

In the prison system, jails have the potential to be a petri dish in a pandemic. Conditions make rapid and widespread transmission in, and out of, penal institutions a significant concern. How are Ontario’s prisons adapting to these concerns during COVID-19? Lockdown...

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Am I Going to Jail: Charged With a Criminal Offence

Facing criminal charges is a trying time for anyone. There is a lot of pressure and a lot to consider, but the biggest concern is almost always the outcome - namely, “am I going to jail?” In this article, we help outline the factors that influence whether or not your...

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Restorative Justice Lab to Put the Spotlight on Reforms

With sights trained on transforming the justice system in Canada, Dalhousie University has officially launched the Restorative Research, Innovation & Education Lab (RRIELab). The Restorative Justice Lab is the first of its kind, aiming to help establish effective,...

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Using Temporary Absence Permits To Contain COVID-19

What Are Temporary Absence Permit (TAP) Requests? TAPs allow inmates serving a sentence, of less than two years (provincial sentences) to be released into the community before their parole eligibility dates. TAPs can be granted for periods ranging from several hours...

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Are My Charges Eligible For Diversion?

In some instances, the Crown will offer a diversion, or direct accountability, instead of seeking a criminal conviction. Although ‘diversion’ is not finding guilt, it may require offenders to accept responsibility and not all criminal charges are eligible for...

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Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Many individuals facing criminal charges have questions about alternate methods of making up for the harm caused by their alleged crime instead of a prison sentence. In this post, we’ll examine what is meant by diversion, go through the diversion procedures and discuss who is eligible and what is...

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