Discussion of mental health in the justice system on International Prisoners’ Justice Day

Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In recognition of International Prisoners’ Justice Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and the John Howard Society of Toronto will host several leading legal activists for a day of discussion about mental health in the Canadian justice system.

Event details

Date: Sunday, August 10
Time: 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto, Ontario
Registration: Free and open to public

The day’s proceedings will also include a screening of NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, a documentary on crimes relating to mental illness, and the balance between public safety, victim rights, and the rights of people with mental illnesses who have committed serious crimes. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Ryan Fritsch, who is leading the development of LAO’s Mental Health Strategy, and Mercedes Perez, a lawyer at Swadron and Associates, specializing in mental health advocacy.

About International Prisoners’ Justice Day

International Prisoners’ Justice Day is an annual opportunity to consider how we treat people behind bars, and to remember the goals of incarceration. It is also a chance for us to ask many questions about our prison system as a whole, including how well it deals with mental illness.


Peter Goffin
Communications fellow
Email: media@ccla.org
Phone: 416-363-0321 ext. 225