CCLA Report: "Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention"
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has released a report: Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention,
which questions the extensive rise in pre-trial custody populations and
identifies the extreme personal and financial costs of current
practices in Canadian bail courts.
Despite a falling crime rate, the remand rate in Canada has nearly
tripled in the past 30 years. Currently the majority of people detained
in provincial and territorial jails are legally innocent, waiting for
their trial or a determination of their bail. 2005 marked the first time
in Canadian history that our provincial institutions were primarily
being used to detain people prior to any finding of guilt, rather than
after they had been convicted and sentenced.
Access the full report.