Tuesday, October 25, 2016

-Share this petition 3,081 supporters 1,919 needed to reach 5,000------Petitioning Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services David Orazietti End inmate Adam Capay's 1500+ day solitary confinement. Humane treatment for all Canadians-----------It is the height of hypocrisy. Last week, as Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti was expressing his concern for prisoners held in solitary confinement in Ontario, a horrific example of the province’s treatment of prisoners was underway in a Thunder Bay jail. There, a young aboriginal man named Adam Capay was in solitary confinement in a Plexiglas-lined jail cell, lit 24 hours a day, where he has been held for more than 1,500 days while he awaits trial. That’s right. Capay has been held for over four years without even being convicted of the crime for which he is being held in segregation – the alleged killing of another inmate. This torture, as the United Nations calls solitary confinement that extends beyond 15 days, never mind 1,500, was going on even as Orazietti was announcing a 15-day limit on the number of consecutive days prisoners can spend in segregation. He also promised that from now on solitary confinement would “only be used under the least restrictive conditions available.”-----------Yet the government continues to rag the puck on this important issue. Orazietti’s announcement last week was the outcome of a 19-month review of solitary confinement in Ontario. But instead of making the difficult decisions that human rights organizations have been demanding for years, Orazietti passed the buck once again and said the government would hire a third party to conduct yet another review due next spring. This is not good enough. The situation in prisons in this country has been studied to death and it is clear, as the Ontario Human Rights Commission argued just this month, that there is an “alarming and systemic overuse of segregation.”-----I'm signing because I knew him as a little boy, to me he is still a little boy. He made bad choices but he does'nt deserve this. Creator will right this wrong... ida Kejick, Ear Falls, Canada-----The conditions in which Adam Capay is being held is blatant violation of human rights according to United Nation guidelines, and the length of time he has been detained without trial is a clear violation of his Charter right to a trial within a reasonable period of time. This must stop. John Campbell, Montreal, Canada13 hours ago 1---Because Iwas in the same jail and seen how they treated Adam capay John Traverse, Thunder bay, Canada2 days ago 10 Report Minister Orazietti, I am shocked and outraged to read of the inhumane conditions in which Adam Capay is being held in solitary confinement. This is a blatant violation of human rights according to United Nation guidelines, and the length of time he has been detained without trial is a clear violation of his Charter right to a trial within a reasonable period of time. Please take immediate action. Barbara Anello, North Bay, Ontario, Canada1 hour ago 6--------This is unbelievable and unacceptable. The hypocrisy of this situation is clear to me. There is no just society in Canada.


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This is unbelievable and unacceptable.  The hypocrisy of this situation is clear to me. There is no just society in Canada.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/10/25/release-adam-capay-from-solitary-confinement-editorial.html

Release Adam Capay from solitary confinement: Editorial

Adam Capay has been held in segregation for more than four years without being convicted of the crime he is charged with. This torture must end.
Corrections Minister David Orazietti must release Adam Capay from solitary confinement.
Corrections Minister David Orazietti must release Adam Capay from solitary confinement.  (MELISSA RENWICK / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO  
Tues., Oct. 25, 2016
It is the height of hypocrisy. Last week, as Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti was expressing his concern for prisoners held in solitary confinement in Ontario, a horrific example of the province’s treatment of prisoners was underway in a Thunder Bay jail.
There, a young aboriginal man named Adam Capay was in solitary confinement in a Plexiglas-lined jail cell, lit 24 hours a day, where he has been held for more than 1,500 days while he awaits trial. That’s right. Capay has been held for over four years without even being convicted of the crime for which he is being held in segregation – the alleged killing of another inmate.
This torture, as the United Nations calls solitary confinement that extends beyond 15 days, never mind 1,500, was going on even as Orazietti was announcing a 15-day limit on the number of consecutive days prisoners can spend in segregation. He also promised that from now on solitary confinement would “only be used under the least restrictive conditions available.”
If Orazietti meant what he said, Capay must be released on humanitarian grounds into a hospital setting immediately. His mental health is fragile. He told Ontario’s chief human rights commissioner, Renu Mandhane, who discovered his situation on a tour of the jail, that he has difficulty talking because of the lack of human contact. He also showed her scars from self-harming incidents.
Further, it appears that Capay’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time has been violated. He was originally in another Thunder Bay jail for misdemeanors at the age of 19, when he was charged in 2012 with first-degree murder for an alleged attack on another inmate, Sherman Kirby Quisses. It’s imperative that his legal situation be resolved as quickly as possible.
As horrible as his situation is, Capay is not alone in suffering in indefinite solitary confinement. Last spring provincial ombudsman Paul Dubé reported on a prisoner who had been kept in solitary for more than three years.
Yet the government continues to rag the puck on this important issue. Orazietti’s announcement last week was the outcome of a 19-month review of solitary confinement in Ontario. But instead of making the difficult decisions that human rights organizations have been demanding for years, Orazietti passed the buck once again and said the government would hire a third party to conduct yet another review due next spring.
This is not good enough. The situation in prisons in this country has been studied to death and it is clear, as the Ontario Human Rights Commission argued just this month, that there is an “alarming and systemic overuse of segregation.”
It’s time that federal, provincial and territorial governments legislated changes to ensure that segregation is a limited, last resort at Canadian prisons, and not left to the whims of correctional staff. And while they work on that, they should end the unjustifiable mistreatment of Adam Capay.




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

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

Below is an article from the Globe and Mail, describing the inhumane treatment of Canadian inmate Adam Capay.
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
THE GLOBE AND MAIL ARTICLE:
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.”
Serving time at Thunder Bay Correctional Centre in 2012, Mr. Capay, then 19 years of age, allegedly stabbed and killed another inmate. He was charged with first-degree murder and moved to the jail to await trial.
Last year, the proceedings were delayed so psychiatrists could assess Mr. Capay’s fitness to stand trial, according to a report in the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. He was cleared to face the charge.
“It was shocking when we heard about this,” Mr. Bull said of the murder charge. “My take on it is that he was intimidated by other inmates because he was small and not yet a man when he was sent there. He was pushed.”
The John Howard Society of Ontario has also taken an interest in the Capay case. The organization provides services for convicts and advocates for a more humane correctional system.
“We have heard of cases of this magnitude outside of Ontario, but this is one of the most egregious from this province that has ever come to our attention,” said Graham Brown, policy analyst for the society. “If it weren’t for Renu’s persistence, this case would never have made the light of day. We wonder how many other Adam Capays there are in this province.”
Plexiglas cells are rare, but not unheard of in Canada. “We are told they are used to prevent individuals from throwing anything (i.e. bodily fluids) at the correctional staff,” Mr. Brown said in an e-mail.
The use of 24-hour artificial light has been cited as a torture technique in several U.S. lawsuits. Prison officials often say it is the only way to prevent problem inmates from harming themselves.
Ms. Mandhane said the lack of natural light along with constant artificial illumination “made it such that [Mr. Capay] couldn’t perceive the difference between day and night, that he couldn’t recall time periods in the past at all.”
Mr. Capay showed the chief commissioner scars from self-harm incidents.
The government has said it will not speak publicly about individual cases. But a spokesman said inmates can be required to spend extended periods in segregation while awaiting trial for their own safety or the safety of others. “Serious criminal offences can take years to get to trial, meaning some offenders may spend their entire time on remand in segregation,” Greg Flood said.
Source: Globe and Mail

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I'm signing because I knew him as a little boy, to me he is still a little boy. He made bad choices but he does'nt deserve this. Creator will right this wrong...



ida Kejick, Ear Falls, Canada





This is just disgusting. Mr. Capay has not been found guilty of the crime that landed him where he is, even if he was found guilty nobody deserves this kind of treatment. People who might think 'he is a murderer, he deserves what he gets' have no idea what it is like to be forced into a place where you MUST do things you don't want to do in order to preserve your own life.

I believe the REAL reason why Adam has been subjected to this torture for so long is personal vengeance of the prison staff for making them look bad by exposing how unsafe the system is. There is NO WAY that this is beneficial to him or society, this is TORTURE and I have never heard of a credible study that in any way suggests that torture is an effective method of rehabilitation and isn't that what the prison system is actually meant to do, REHABILITATE people so they can become functional members of society? Why are so many of our tax dollars being spent on torturing this guy? It would be more humane to give him the death sentence.
If torture is the real goal of our system then there are more economic ways of achieving it, but if, as we claim, it is actually rehabilitation, lets use that money to get this guy psychotherapy. Anders Breivik is a terrorist who murdered 69 people in the name of hate and even he is being treated better than Mr. Capay (Breivik is currently enrolled as a full time student in a bachelor degree program for political science). If either of these guys ever get out of prison who do you think has a better chance of being a functional member of society?!
Phil Funkel, Gatineau, Canada
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