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Old 02-21-2002, 06:06 PM
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Hello everyone
There are over 13,000 federal prisoners in our country and tens of thousands more provincial prisoners. I know I am not alone but some days I feel like I am.
This folder is for all of us who need some support, a place for us to express our concerns, feelings and yes, our fears. Supposedly we have one of the "best" systems in the world and delegates from other countries come here to observe and learn from us. I know from personal experience that we have our "issues." Lack of shared infromation from CSC about our loved ones, little or no medical and dental care, visitation problems, false/positive results from ion scanners, murders and riots.
Please feel free to post and let us all band together to help one another. I look forward to meeting you all.
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Wink Hello from Montreal

HI Gillian,

I found you!!! Yes, I agree, even though we are supposed to have one of the best systems, we do have our share of problems... Visits, phone system, false positive on both the visitors (ion test) and inmates, very little ways to fight decisions (especially those based on observation reports) etc... Actually, I do have one item that I think would be worth looking into... My husband told me that everyone in his institution had an increase on their security eveluation... Some of their files would have waranted status quo or even a decrease in security, but since last year, one question has been removed from the form the guards use to eveluate and the way the computer deals with the new questionnaire increased everyone`s security. Unfortunatelly, that resulted in some inmates being transfered to a higher security institution... He heard that there is a case going on out west about this... Have you heard anything???

Anyways, I`m rambling on... Glad to have found you here as well...

Take care and talk to you soon,

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Hey Gill
I finally got thru all the posts i have been behind on in the other forum. The old computer is cooperating tonight for a change so I thought I would follow your link here. This seems like a great forum as well!! All kinds of topics, organised in a great fashion. This page will keep me busy for a long time with everything to read and learn. Thanks for the link and you take care

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Bonjour fellow Canauck!

I kind of met you last night in your failed attempt to join Chat.

Look down the Canadian forum list.

I posted a review somewhere of a book called "Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons" by a lawyer (with the unfortunate name of) Michael Jackson. The whole book is available online. You don't have to buy it. (It sells for $50 I think...)

I believe there's info in there about how to avoid Parole Hearing foulups.

Should I presume we're talking about Dorchester?

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Finally found some time and energy to visit! We sure do have problems with CSC! There is no justice, JUST US! I'll tell you all about our insitutional adventures. Once I figure out how!
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HI All from Edmonton Alberta. I am a displaced Lakota woman whose Ojibway man just got transferred from Max to Medium. I guess they decided to let some go the other way. Anyway out here there is a 50 percent native inmate population.They bring us in from all over the country. I guess the prairies are just like one big reserve. It makes for a heck of a lot of problems not the least of which is housing enemies together... I won't go there anyway he is Ontario now and told me that there is a huge dreamcatcher at the exit to the wooded area around his institution. He is feeling culture shock because there are only 12 natives in the whole institution and he is lost. It is hard to explain but the best I can do is to explain that he is a bush man born and raised until he went in and not used to being in the minority...rez system, prairie prisons and all that. You guys are so right the system is touted as the best but there are cracks. I won't disparage them though, rather I meet challenges head on and it seems to help, for the most part anyway. Glad to see this page is up and running. Hi to all of you again, Shiningdrum
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Shiningdrum, welcome! My man is doing a life-13 sentence here in ONtario! The whole system is messed up! Everyday I learn more and more and it just makes me sick! Are you relocating to ontario? may i ask what institution? Keep ya head up girl! Love stevesboo23

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I was just wondering if n/e 1 knows if there's a way to talk to an inmate threw e-mail? I really don't wanna give my home address out to some 1 I don't know! My best friend's in Kingston Penn. and it would be nice to talk to some 1 in there also. So if n/e of you can help me that'd be GREAT!!!
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After months of searching online for anything at all relevant to Canadians and the penal system I am so thrilled to happen upon this site. Its hard as a person on the outside who is an information seeker to find any resources that will assist loved ones. There is one site but its never updated.
I have a loved one serving life-25 in Donnacona, Quebec. so I have some time on my hands.
I am preparing to go for my first open visit and am a bit apprehensive as to the rules and regulations. What should I know and expect. I have to travel over 9 hours to get there so I dont want to risk anything ruining my visit.
I have recently acquired a penpal in the US prison system and things there are much different. I welcome the opportunity to learn from you other members and am always online and willing to chat.
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Donnacona Institution
http://www.csc scc.gc.ca/text/facilit/institutprofiles/donnacona_e.shtml

Hope this helps. If all else fails, call the jail and get all the info you need before you go.

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Hi my name is Amanda if anyone is from ontario around st catharines ont or brampton could you let me know I never get to see my bf and if someone could help me get there I would pay for gas please help thank you
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Hey,

I recenetly contacted a relative I've never met before. He's currently in joyceville. If anyone has any tips or anyting cause I don tknow anything about this system.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Menolly

I posted a review somewhere of a book called "Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons" by a lawyer (with the unfortunate name of) Michael Jackson. The whole book is available online. You don't have to buy it. (It sells for $50 I think...)
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just wanted to add link to same:
http://www.justicebehindthewalls.net...ations_00.html

<i've been lurking for several weeks now and have not contributed anything yet! but next time i visit i'll get a copy of the visitor's rules where i am from and scan them in, if that does not infringe on any copyright laws>

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Hello everyone.well 1st off i never new there was even this kind of area online,Wish i new yrs ago.I am a ex_con from ontario.spent over 17yrs in federal system and prov.I have been out for about 7yrs now.which has been the hardest thing i have ever done in my life,it is easy to go to jail but very hard to stay out.my brother is on parole finishing off 14yrs,my youngest bro just left for the pen doing 27mos.i am not sure what to say here except i no how you all feel and what your loved ones are going through ..i wish the best to all over this X-mas because it is the hardest time for us all..be strong.
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Hi
Welcome to PTO. Its an outstanding place to hang out for sure. Glad you found us.
I have a son that has been in and out for 16 years now. Spent a lot of it "in." I am still hopeful that this will be his last bit and that he will get it together. Does my heart good to see that you have been out for seven years. Congratulations!
I sent you a pm as I have a personal question for you.
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Congratulations! Glad you survived your ordeal with CSC!
Stay strong and keep smiling. The best is yet to come ...........
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Hi everyone,I am a canadian and have taken interest in the justice systemfor a number of reasons and at this time will not get into them but will soon.Just wanted to say HI .Rosy
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HI Gillian! Wow nice new format. I finally got a second to write something. Adam is being moved to a Healing Centre just outside Montreal. He has been doing peer counselling in Fenbrook and he must have done something right because off he goes in about a month to minimum. I am not getting my hopes up though cause CSC is sending him 3 thousand miles from me to do minimum. He is away from his children and his parents are in Ontario. I am SO TICKED. The worst of it is that the training for release is minimal. He will have to somehow get a trade or something out here. On top of that once they give him UTAs he won't know a soul. Everyone who means something to him is either in Ontario or Alberta. His mom is moving out here with me next year. I am really worried about what they are doing to him. Anyone else have such craziness from CSC? Shiningdrum
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im in canada my brother not by blood is in fraser north
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hello from british columbia i to think the prison system here is messed up. everytime i go see my brother (not blood) they fail to tell him i;m there until iv been sitting there for twenty to thirty minutes when we only get one hour visit.
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