Mandhane discusses segregation of prisoners on CBC Radio

Thursday, September 11, 2014

11 September 2014 - Today, the Director of the IHRP, Renu Mandhane, discussed the excessive use of solitary confinement in federal correctional facilities with Peter Sheldon of CBC Radio Yellowknife. CBC Yellowknife recently learned that some prisoners in the Yellowknife North Slave Correctional Centre were spending up to 8 months in solitary confinement. Mandhane characterized the excessive use of solitary confinement as systemic rather than a case of a few people "falling through the cracks." She suggested that there should be limits on the number of days a person can spend in segregation, and that long-term segregation should be subject to review by a judge.  The IHRP's 2012 report, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading, formed the basis for Mandhane's comments and continues to inform the public debate on corrections policy.