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Neil Libby's own position was clear. He did not discount the need for just punishment, but he insisted that it should be humane and purposive. He had a passionate dislike of the prison system. He saw it as degrading and dehumanizing, an utterly inefficient agency for reducing criminality. Indeed, he viewed it as a breeding ground for increased criminality.
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December 12, 2014

Elizabeth White, Executive Director of SLSC comments on Response to Ashley Smith:

"Whatever you call it, long periods of time spent by oneself without supportive interaction and in a sterile environment is not healthy: indeed, can cause severe distress. Given that CSC does not adopt any limits on the length of time a person may stay segregated, despite the clear and strong recommendations backed by research and standards internationally, we can only welcome CSC’s commitment to further study “administrative segregation”. We will continue to follow this issue closely.

Peer support does receive support from CSC in its response. As promoters and providers of peer support and mentoring for federally sentenced people for more than 20 years, SLSC will continue its efforts to achieve a supported and accessible peer mentoring service in our penitentiaries and communities"

For the full responses click:

Full ENGLIGH Response

Full FRENCH Response

December 12, 2014

SLSC's Fall/Winter Newsletter has arrived! On behalf of the entire SLSC team of staff and volunteers, we wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season. While you are relaxing, please take a moment to read about SLSC's recent activities in our Fall/Winter Edition of the Community Connections Newsletter

November 25, 2014

Help support our Giving Tuesday campaign! Can you get 10 people to give $10? Print or email our flyer and share with your network: Reaching Out Campaign

October 20, 2014

Help support SLSC affiliate Maison Cross Roads in Montreal to fundraise for an elevator in their Community Residential Centre (CRC). This will give them greater opportunity to provide needed supports to residents in their care. For more information CLICK HERE and learn more about their campaign, and how you can help.


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