At a time when the issue of human rights in prison, never high
on the horizon of public concern, is dangerously close to being
eclipsed by rising fear about public safety, Justice
Behind the Walls takes us beyond the stereotypes of
the keeper and the kept. In so doing, it holds up a mirror that
reflects how far we have come in recognizing and respecting human
rights in the places where those rights are most vulnerable.
Conceived as both a personal and a public journey in search of
justice, this book is an unprecedented endeavour to chart the DNA
of contemporary imprisonment.
Weaving together the threads of correctional history, penal
philosophy, landmark court decisions, the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and legislative change, Michael
Jackson describes teh reality of reform against his years
of observing disciplinary hearings and segregation review boards in
federal penitentiaries, and draws on hundreds of hours of
interviews with prisoners, wardens and correctional staff.
Jackson''s book brings to the agenda of public and
legal debate a remedial toolbox that has the potential to enhance
Canada''s claim as an international model for a just society.
Written in language that appeals to our common humanity, it brings
many lifetimes of expereince to the struggle for justice.