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      January 20, 2019

      Sunday  12:30 PM

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      Compassionate Justice Speaker Series: Robert Clark

      Join author Robert Clark on January 20th at 35 Lytton Boulevard in Toronto at 12:30 P.M. The focus of the 2018-2019 Compassionate Justice Series returns to an exploration of issues and concerns in Canada’s criminal justice system. Drawing on his 30 years of service in Canada’s federal prisons, Robert will offer an honest and clear view of how we treat those incarcerated in our prisons — how prison staff perform their duties and how prisoners learn to survive in this environment. His career spanned a wide range of leadership roles in a number of CSC institutions, serving latterly as the Deputy Warden of the Kingston Penitentiary. Robert is the author of Down Inside: Thirty Years in Canada’s Prison Service. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase. A compelling personal memoir and a scathing indictment of bureaucratic indifference and agenda-driven government policies. In his thirty years in the Canadian prison system, Robert Clark rose from student volunteer to deputy warden. He worked with some of Canada's most dangerous and notorious prisoners, including Paul Bernardo and Tyrone Conn. He dealt with escapes, lockdowns, prisoner murders, prisoner suicides, and a riot. But he also arranged ice-hockey games in a maximum-security institution, sat in a darkened gym watching movies with three hundred inmates, took parolees sightseeing, and consoled victims of violent crimes. He has managed cellblocks, been a parole officer, and investigated staff corruption. Clark takes readers down inside a range of prisons, from the minimum-security Pittsburgh Institution to the Kingston Regional Treatment Centre for mentally ill prisoners and the notorious (and now closed) maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary. In Down Inside, he challenges head-on the popular belief that a "tough-on-crime" approach makes prisons and communities safer, arguing instead for humane treatment and rehabilitation. Wading into the controversy about long-term solitary confinement, Clark draws from his own experience managing solitary-confinement units to continue the discussion begun by the headline-making Ashley Smith case and to join the chorus of voices calling for an end to the abuse of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. Robert Clark began his career with Corrections Canada in 1980, working in the gymnasium at the medium-security Joyceville Institution. Over the next thirty years, he would work in seven different federal prisons, at every level of security, in every conceivable role. Clark lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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