Rotting On Remand

Innocent until proven guilty?I have to repeat myself here because I’m absolutely flabbergasted by the concept.  According to Stats Can, there are far more people incarcerated in Canada “on remand” i.e., guilty of nothing, than those who have been committed of accusing a crime.  “On remand” means we hold you in jail until we get around to trying you or releasing you.  It could be traffic tickets or swearing at a cop.  And the “incarceration” is virtually indefinite.  It could be nothing.  The wealthy,of course, get bail.  The rest of us don’t.

I got put in remand for trespassing, being in a shopping centre somewhat shortly after closing hours.  (I was admittedly somewhat protective of my charter rights … gotta stop doing that).  They took me to jail and released me at 4 in the am, while the buses weren’t running and and it was -32 below zero.  They seem to do this for kicks.

Your average John and Jane have no idea this goes on all the time.  It’s time we told them.  P.S. never tell a cop what you think of him.

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