Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons
Michael Jackson, JUSTICE BEHIND THE WALLS: HUMAN RIGHTS IN CANADIAN PRISONS, Douglas & McIntyre, 2002
Posted: 3 Sep 2011
Date Written: 2002
Weaving together the threads of correctional history, penal philosophy, landmark court decisions, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and legislative change, Justice behind the Walls describes the reality of reform against the backdrop of the author's years of observing disciplinary hearings and segregation review boards in federal penitentiaries and draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with prisoners, wardens and correctional staff. Conceived as both a personal and public journey in search of justice, this book is an unprecedented endeavor to chart the DNA of contemporary imprisonment.
At a time when the issue of human rights in prison, never high on the horizon of public concern, is dangerously close to being eclipsed by rising fear about public safety, Justice behind the Walls takes us beyond the stereotypes of the keeper and the kept. In doing so, it holds up a mirror that reflects how far we have come in recognized and respecting human rights in places where those rights are most vulnerable. This book brings to the agenda of public and legal debate a remedial toolbox that has the potential to enhance Canada's claim as an international model for a just society. Written in a language that appeals to our common humanity, it brings many lifetimes of experience to the struggle for justice.
Justice behind the Walls was shortlisted for the 2002 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian Public Policy. The Donner Prize Jury described Justice behind the Walls as "passionate, detailed and written by a highly knowledgeable and committed expert…both mind-enriching and soul-expanding."
The full text is available on Justice Behind the Walls website.
Keywords: Canada, Prisoners, Human rights, Prisons
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