Issues, Advocacy and Information
- The Canadian Bar Association Submission on Bill C-10 Safe Streets and Communities Act
- Number of Women going to Prison Jumps 50 Per Cent
- New Democrats Call for the Poverty Plan as Food Bank Use Spikes [PDF file]
- Sapers Condems The Use of Inmate Segregation [PDF file]
- Solitary Confinement ‘Not Safe, Nor is it Humane’ [PDF file]
- Legislative developments in Ottawa: Summaries of Bills [html]
- Letter to the Editor – Crime Down, Prison Boom Looms [PDF file]
- Fact Sheet – Aboriginal Women (2007) [PDF file]
- Community Options Required (2007) [PDF file]
- Criminalized & Imprisoned Women (2007) [PDF file]
- Health & Mental Health (2007) [PDF file]
- Human & Fiscal Costs of Prison (2007) [PDF file]
- Issues Associated with Increased Criminalization of Women (2007) [PDF file]
- Long Term Effects of Abuse and Trauma (2007) [PDF file]
- Mandatory Minimum Sentences (2007) [PDF file]
- Poverty (2007) [PDF file]
- Violence Against Women & Children (2007) [PDF file]
- Young Women (2007) [PDF file]
- Submission to Consultation Panel Regarding the Proposed Closure of Portage Women’s Jail (2005) [PDF file]
- National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) [PDF file]
- Click here to view the 2012-13 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator. [PDF file]
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Become a member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba.
- Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies: www.elizabethfry.ca
- Mental Health Commission of Canada: 2008-2009 Annual Report
- La Commission du santé mentale du Canada: Rapport annuel 2008-2009
- Office of the Correctional Investigator Canada
- Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence: www.pwhce.ca
- Not in the Best Interest of Women and Children: An Analysis of Bill 422: An Act to Amend the Divorce Act
- Pas dans l’intérêt des femmes et des enfants: Analyse du projet de loi C-422, Loi modifiant la Loi sur le divorce
- A Flawed Compass: A Human Rights Analysis of the Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety
- Student gives hope to women in prison – Winnipeg Free Press
Ashley Smith CBC and CBC Fifth Estate Report
How does a girl who snuck granola bars from her home to feed a homeless man, collected beach rocks and devoured the first five Harry Potter novels end up dead on the floor of a federal prison at age 19?
Since Ashley Smith strangled herself with a piece of cloth the morning of Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, in a segregation cell while seven Correctional Officers at the Kitchener Ontario Grand Valley Institution for Women – who were ordered to not intervene – watched, government reports have tried to address this question.
Please click on the following link to watch the entire The Fifth Estate program:
A follow up account into the tragic death of Ashley Smith, “Behind the Wall” by the Fifth Estate. Click on the following link to watch the program. Please note: some of the video is quite graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Ashley Smith Inquest