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    Solitary confinement class action

    On February 24, 2013, Arlene Gallone, represented by Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, launched a class action regarding solitary confinement.

    Each year the Correctional Service of Canada confines thousands of inmates to a cell for 23 hours a day with no contact with other human beings and in most cases without knowledge of how long they will be confined. The solitary confinement of inmates for more than 72 consecutive hours violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Similarly, the segregation of inmates with a mental health disorder violates both of these fundamental laws, regardless of the length of their placement.

    The class action seeks compensatory damages for the harm that class members suffered as a result of their unlawful solitary confinement and punitive damages for the Correctional Service of Canada’s intentional interference with their fundamental rights.

    Link to the class action and its sign-up form.

    For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Plaintiffs’ attorney:

    Trudel Johnston & Lespérance
    (514) 871-8385 poste 210