Monday, October 31, 2016

-Adam Capay should be released immediately. The system not only failed him. It buried him alive.------------To its everlasting credit, The Globe and Mail editorial board has excoriated the segregation system, as it had done earlier in the Edward Snowshoe case. The paper said the charges against Mr. Capay should be stayed because of the unconscionable delay in bringing him to trial. By mid-week, the public outrage reached a fever pitch, especially after it was learned that the provincial cabinet knew all about Mr. Capay's torment. On Thursday, he was moved to a regular holding cell, but without a guarantee that he wouldn't be sent back to solitary.----------25,000 supporters---------Share this petition 25,028 supporters 9,972 needed to reach 35,000----https://www.change.org/p/end-inmate-adam-capay-s-1500-day-solitary-confinement-humane-treatment-for-all-canadians------------here is a case that cries out for justice /---- that justice that is nowhere in evidence / why is it that government can do whatever it wants to do / and citizens are in distress? / where is the just society model in all of this? at least the citizens have got to try

and here are the people
speaking out
about inhumane treatment
of prisoners

we wonder what the heck?
is this Canada?
or some backward tidal state?
here is a case that cries out for justice


that justice that is nowhere in evidence
why is it that government can do whatever it wants to do
and citizens are in distress?
where is the just society model in all of this? at least the citizens have got to try 


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Sunday October 30, 2016


"The system not only failed Adam Capay. It buried him alive" - Michael's essay











































































  • Adam Capay, 24, had been held in solitary confinement, awaiting trial, since 2012.
    Adam Capay, 24, had been held in solitary confinement, awaiting trial, since 2012. (Alison Jane Capay/askfm)

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    The United States has Guantanamo Bay. Ontario has the Thunder Bay Jail.
    Not much difference, really, when it comes to solitary confinement and the application of a torture technique.
    An innocent man had been locked up in a tiny cell in that institution for four years. To be clear: he had not had a trial, he had not been convicted of anything, he had not been sentenced for a crime. In the eyes of the law, he is an innocent man. And he had been locked up in solitary confinement for four years.
    The light in his cell was on 24 hours a day, a torture technique used to destabilize prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
    The young man's name is Adam Capay. He is a 24-year-old Aboriginal of the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. In 2012, at age 19, he was serving time in the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. There was a violent confrontation with another inmate. The man died and Mr. Capay was charged with first degree murder.  
    Mr. Capay had been held in solitary without a trial for 52 months. This is 100 times longer than the threshold the United Nations considers torture — 15 days. On top of which, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a delay of 30 months or longer between being charged and being tried is a violation of an accused's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    Mr. Capay's agony calls to mind the tragic story of Edward Snowshoe, a young Aboriginal inmate in Edmonton who hanged himself in 2010 after 162 days in isolation.
    In an investigation following his death, a report made it clear that physical isolation increases the risk of suicidal behaviour in people with mental disorders. Mr. Capay's ordeal would have gone unnoticed if it hadn't been for a courageous jail guard who raised the situation with the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, who was touring the jail.
    To its everlasting credit, The Globe and Mail editorial board has excoriated the segregation system, as it had done earlier in the Edward Snowshoe case. The paper said the charges against Mr. Capay should be stayed because of the unconscionable delay in bringing him to trial.
    By mid-week, the public outrage reached a fever pitch, especially after it was learned that the provincial cabinet knew all about Mr. Capay's torment. On Thursday, he was moved to a regular holding cell, but without a guarantee that he wouldn't be sent back to solitary.
    The public outcry has been encouraging. There have been online petitions and blogs screaming for the young man's release.
    Said former Ontario Premier Bob Rae: "Those responsible for the prison system in this country have to assure Canadians that punishment does not mean throwing common sense out the window. Right now they can't meet that test."
    Adam Capay should be released immediately.
    The system not only failed him.
    It buried him alive.
    Click the button above to hear Michael's essay.

    End inmate Adam Capay's 1500+ day solitary confinement. Humane treatment for all Canadians

    THE PETITION:
    No Canadian should be confined for 1500+ days in solitary confinement in a Plexiglass cell that is brightly lit 24 hours a day. The treatment of this inmate is appalling, inhumane and entirely unacceptable. We appeal to the Honorable David Orazietti, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to improve the conditions for this inmate immediately. We also demand a review of the current system to ensure that no other inmate in Ontario is treated this way.
    CONTACT DAVID ORAZIETTI:
    Hon David Orazietti
    dorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org
    Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    18th Floor, George Drew Building
    25 Grosvenor Street
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Y6
    Tel.  416-325-0408
    Fax.  416-325-6067
    Below is an excerpt of article from the Globe and Mail, describing the inhumane treatment of Canadian inmate Adam Capay.
    First Nations chief calls prisoner’s treatment in solitary ‘inhumane’
    PATRICK WHITE        October 21st, 2016.
    A First Nations chief has joined the effort to free a young aboriginal man from his four-year stretch in provincial solitary confinement, petitioning Queen’s Park to explain why one of his community members has languished in isolation for so long.
    The plight of Adam Capay came to light after Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, visited Thunder Bay Jail earlier this month. A correctional officer told her of a prisoner who had been held for more than 1,500 days in administrative segregation – the internal term for indefinite solitary confinement.

    When she requested a visit with the isolated inmate, jail officials led her down a stairway to a basement unit with 24-hour light. She said it appeared deserted except for Mr. Capay, who was in a cell surrounded by Plexiglas and illuminated by 24-hour light.
    Ms. Mandhane became so concerned about his circumstances – along with speech and memory problems he displayed during a short conversation – that she relayed the story to two reporters on Tuesday.A correctional employee has confirmed the chief commissioner’s account is accurate.
    When the chief of Lac Seul First Nation read the story in The Globe and Mail, he called his community’s lawyer to devise a means of improving Mr. Capay’s circumstances.
    “We are looking at all ways we might help this young man’s inhumane treatment,” Chief Clifford Bull told The Globe.
    On Friday, a Toronto-based lawyer for Lac Seul First Nation said she will work over the weekend to help Mr. Capay.
    “This kind of solitary confinement violates domestic law and international treaties,” said Robin Parker. “We consider ourselves a human rights leader globally, yet at home we mistreat aboriginal people who constitute an appalling percentage of our prison population.”
    In a letter to Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti, Chief Bull asks whether the jail is upholding legal obligations to treat Mr. Bull as humanely as possible.
    “The information we have received on his situation is deeply troubling; his family and our entire community is concerned about his mental health and safety,” Mr. Bull writes.
    Chief Bull has known Mr. Capay and his family for years, saying he had a troubled life and first landed in jail after small-time vehicle thefts in his home community.
    “It was misdemeanour stuff,” Chief Bull said. “And for that, he got sent away to Thunder Bay.”
    To read the full article click here.
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