Category Archives: Academic

New Resource: noprisons.ca

A new website that is serving as a clearing house for all the information you could need about what is going on in Canadian prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviews with Zahra and Linda Mussell, October 16, 2019.

October 16, 2019 presented two interviews during this episode.

The first is with Zahra Fahran, a trans woman prisoner who was just paroled after serving almost 20 years behind bars. She talks about the experience of transitioning inside, being sent to a women’s prison, and finally living outside of a cell.

The second interview is with Linda Mussell, Queen’s Department of Political Studies, discussing her research, and the power of media images and prison tourism to shape public understanding of people behind bars.

Listen to the interviews here: https://archive.org/details/cproct1619h00

Harsha Walia at De-Carceral Futures, Queen’s University, May 9, 2019

On June 12, 2019, CPR aired part of the keynote address for the De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice workshop that was held at Queen’s University on May 9-10, 2019.  The keynote featured Harsha Walia, Activist, Researcher and Author of Undoing Border Imperialism: “Migrants are not Criminals: Challenging Movement Carceral Logics that Foreclose Solidarity” and Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California – Berkeley: “Four Myths of Punitive Immigration Policies: Sovereignty, Discipline, Eugenics, and Broken Windows”.  It was chaired by Stephanie J. Silverman (Chair), Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Listen here: https://archive.org/details/CPRJune121900Prerecord.

This episode also includes updates about solitary confinement and the ongoing controversy over Bill C-83.

April 17, 2019 – Joy James talk at Queen’s

April 17, 2019, at 7pm on CFRC 101.9fm’s Prison Radio program:

We start the show with the first in what we hope is a monthly segment featuring Jimmy and Donny Hogan, commenting on historic and contemporary problems in Canadian corrections.

Then starting at 7:25 we will broadcast most of the talk given by Joy James on March 18, 2019, at Queen’s University. The talk, ‘The Architects of Contemporary Abolitionism,’ explores the political theories and activism of George Jackson and Angela Davis, the origins and impact of abolitionist critiques of policing and mass incarceration in the 20th century…and the pragmatic contributions and contradictions of contemporary prison reform, abolitionism and revolutionary politics in the US.

This event was part of Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship Series, and co-organized by the Cultural Studies at Queen’s University Graduate Programme, the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

An archive is located here: https://archive.org/details/CPRApril1719h00

CPR – March 13, 2019. Headlines and Risk Assessment

Listen to the archive here: https://archive.org/details/CPRMarch13

First, a selection of headlines and news updates, with analysis, drawn from current events in Corrections, prisons and abolitionism.

Then, through the good graces of our friends at Rustbelt Radio, interviews with three abolitionists who attended the 2018 Allied Media Conference in Detroit.

First up, Chelsea Barabas and Rodrigo Ochigame of MIT outline the reformist logic of pre-trial assessment and discuss the recent history of individualized actuarial fairness…

Hamid Khan of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition provides historical context for surveillance and algorithmic policing tools deployed by the state, and how they connect with redlining and the suppression of dissent.