We have another update on what is happening in response to the Offender Accountability Initiative. In October 2013 work strikes spread in various federal prisons across the country in response to this recent policy change that included a drastic wage cut to prisoners’ wages: and this despite prisoners not having had a pay increase for over three decades.
Today we continue our discussions with the on-going struggle against the Offender Accountability Initiative, with an interview with prisoner Peter Collins from Bath Federal Prison in Bath, Ontario. Peter recently submitted a Notice of Application for Judicial Review and a Motion for Injunction against Don Head, commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada in response to this new policy change by CSC that affects prisoners’ wages, as well as the grievance system for prisoners, inside Canada’s federal prisons.
We spoke with Audrey Bomse, a US attorney and activist who worked in East Jerusalem, and occupied Palestine for seven years with Palestinian prisoners. We spoke to her about her work there with Palestinian prisoners and the systematic torture of the Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities and disparate treatment of Israelis and Palestinians in Israeli military & civilian courts.
Prisoner Peter Collins recently received back his computer which was confiscated by prison authorities in 2006. This is because of prisoner Dale Skinner, who took Attorney General of Canada to court – and won. But does this mean that prisoners can have computers again? For some yes: for others no. Peter explains what Skinner’s win in the federal courts means to prisoners as well as explains how his personal computer confiscation took place.
Plus we read a news article on the closure of 4 prisons in Sweden.
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