On Friday September 18, 191 immigrant and migrant prisoners began a hunger strike at the Ontario’s Central East Correctional Centre (the CECC), in Lindsay, Ontario to protest being moved several hours away from their families, and their lack of access to phone calls and services in the prison. We have an interview with Syed Hussan, an organizer with No One is Illegal Toronto about the hunger strike.
The Correctional Service of Canada has recently come out with a factsheet that is said to be distributed within all the Federal prisons and is known as the “Offender Accountability Initiative.” We will be reading a portion of this document as well as airing an interview on this subject with prisoner Peter Collins who gives a historic look on how prisoners’ salaries were first determined in 1981 and what the cutbacks to these wages will mean for the men and women locked away in Canada’s federal prisons.
We have an interview with Andrew an organizer with the Anarchist Black Cross who speaks on a yearly solidarity run with political prisoners called Running Down the Walls.
In this show we begin a 3 part series of interviews with staff at the Correctional Association of New York which is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. In part one of this series we look at the Raise The Age Campaign that the Correctional Association is currently working on. We interviewed Angelo Pinto, Coordinator of the Raise the Age Campaign.
We also read out a couple of news items: Godspeed You Black Emperor’s large donation for musical instruments in prisons as well as the release of Hamid Ghassemi-Shall from death row in Iran and his return back to Canada.
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