Report: BCCLA will fight to uphold decision on indefinite solitary confinement


The B.C. Civil Liberties Association will fight a federal government appeal of the B.C. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Canada’s law on prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement.

The association is holding a news conference Tuesday morning after filing its response to the federal appeal.

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Justice Peter Leask ruled in January that indefinite segregation violates the Charter rights of prisoners, and undermines the safety and security of inmates, staff and the public — but the federal government appeal says that decision needs more clarity.

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When the appeal was filed in February, officials with the BCCLA called it shocking — noting that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government had been elected on a pledge to end solitary confinement.

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