Legally Bound: Addressing the Civil Legal Needs of Justice-Involved Ontarians reveals how unaddressed housing, employment, and other civil legal issues negatively impact the lives of justice-involved Ontarians. The findings support the development of an innovative, first-of-its kind civil legal training and education program targeting frontline staff who serve justice-involved individuals in Ontario, to break down the barriers to accessing civil justice and stop the costly cycle of collateral justice consequences.
Legal Issues & Criminal Justice Philosophy
Reasonable Bail? highlights how current bail practices challenge both the legally enshrined presumptions of innocence and reasonable bail. JHS Ontario Researchers analyzed bail conditions assigned to a sample of Ontarians released on bail, which revealed troubling patterns of overuse of bail conditions. The report provides a number of recommendations on how to improve bail processes in Ontario, both in terms of efficiency and respect for due process rights.