The Canadian Civil Liberties Association just released a comprehensive paper on a major problem in Canada’s criminal justice system: too many people are languishing in our jails because they haven’t been granted bail. Entitled “Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention” details how the rates of those awaiting trial while in custody now exceed the numbers of those who have been found guilty and sentenced.
I recently returned from a weekend camping adventure in beautiful Muskoka. On the last day of the trip, my friend had nearly tipped the canoe while boarding, which might have caused me to strike my head against the rocks. Thankfully the only damage was to our outdoorsmen reputations.
This is the written version of a presentation made by Andrew Spurgeon to the Hamilton Medical Legal Society at the Autumn Seminar.