Date(s) - 13 Aug 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dr. Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Ashley Smith was imprisoned after she breached probation. She was on probation because she “assaulted” a postal worker by throwing crab apples at him. She did so, because she believed that he was purposely delivering social assistance (known in Australia as Centre Link) cheques late to families. When she died, while on suicide watch, in isolation, and observed by a number of staff and cameras, she was serving a cumulative sentence of 6.5 years ( all of it accumulated while she was imprisoned), had been transferred 17 times in 11 months, all of it in isolation. The unlawful mistreatment of Ashley underscores the need for judicial and external oversight of corrections in Canada and internationally. Kim will discuss some of the many lessons learned as a result of Ashley’s life and death in custody.
Dr Kim Pate (Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies) is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ottawa. Kim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.
Tuesday 13th August 1-2 pm, Room N402 (4th Floor, Menzies Building, Monash University Clayton)
RSVP to Bree.Carlton@monash.edu by Friday 9 Aug