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Month of Action

Over the next month, PATH Legal and the East Coast Prison Justice Society, supported by a coalition of health and prison justice organizations, will send to the government of Nova Scotia, and publish, four letters. Each letter will detail one problem, specified below, and provide solutions to the issues raised in these calls to action. 

See our press release with the 4 calls to action here.

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CALL TO ACTION: Take Immediate Action to End Illegal Lockdowns and provide community supports and services to keep people out of jail


We call on the Government of Nova Scotia to indicate, without delay, what actions it is taking to respond to the ongoing unlawful violations of the health and human rights of individuals in provincial jails occurring in the form of ongoing “lockdowns”.  These responses must explain how government will ensure sufficient staff are available daily to permit prisoners 10-12 hours per day out of cell and access to legal and other visits and communications, services and programming. 

Lockdowns and their immensely harmful effects on prisoners have been consistently the most serious and frequent concern raised by ECPJS and PATH Legal, as well as by prisoners on their own behalf. No one, whether they are held in pre-trial detention or provincially sentenced, deserves to be held in these conditions.


Speaker Series

April 11, 2024 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Ashley Avery

Coverdale Justice Society

Laura Beach

East Coast Prison Justice Society

Hanna Garson

PATH Legal and Hanna Garson Law

Randolph Riley

Prison Justice Researcher / Lived Experience Expert



Write to your MLA and demand change. For every week of action, we will have a template letter you can send to your MLA. Together, we can hold the Nova Scotian government accountable.

To find your MLA, visit Elections Nova Scotia's Who's My MLA tool online.

After you've found your MLA, visit the Nova Scotia Legislature's website to find their constituency address.

You can also send these letters to various Cabinet members, including:

Premier, the Honourable Tim Houston
2042-2 Queen Street
Westville, NS
B0K 2A0

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Honourable Brad Johns
Unit 103, 1710 Sackville Drive
Middle Sackville, NS
B4E 3A9

Minister of Health and Wellness, the Honourable Michelle Thompson
325 Main St.
Suite 222
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2C3

Minister of Community Services, the Honourable Brendan Maguire
349 Herring Cove Road. Suite C.
Halifax, NS
B3V 1R9

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