Prison Justice Day:
A Time to Reflect Upon Deaths in Custody
and Other Issues Inside Our Prisons
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch - Auditorium
120 Metcalfe Street
Prison Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the August 10, 1974 death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication “To All Prisoners and Concerned Peoples from across Canada”, calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon as well as Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement (see www.prisonjustice.ca).
Despite promises to ‘reform’ our prisons, deaths in custody continue to occur. We invite concerned citizens to participate in a public forum where speakers will reflect upon the current state of incarceration in light of decades of opposition and resistance.
For those who are not fasting as one of the ways some memorialize deaths in custody, please bring your lunches. Coffee, juice and water will be provided by the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.
Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Volunteer and Consultant
Lawyer and Consultant
The public forum will be chaired by
Co-managing Editor, Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
and PhD Candidate, Carleton University