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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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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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Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

In Toronto, bail is only granted in exceptional circumstances for those who have outstanding murder charges. In order to be considered for bail, you and your proposed sureties must meet certain conditions set out by the court. If you are unable to meet these conditions, you may be required to...

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Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Nobody wants to talk about the actual cost of sexual assault charges. Particularly when it comes to discussing the actual costs that serious sexual offences impose on the justice system. This is likely due, in part, to the fact that most people not involved in the criminal justice system don't...

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Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

What Is a Drug Recognition Expert? A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a police officer trained to scientifically identify if a person's ability to operate motor vehicle is drug impaired by or impaired by alcohol. They are scientifically trained to determine if a person is driving under the...

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