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Timeline: Solitary Confinement Trial

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Day 1: July 4, 2017 – Opening Arguments in Solitary Confinement Trial Day 2: July 5, 2017 – Testimony from Glenn Patterson, former Indigenous cultural advisor; and Rob Roy, whose son killed himself while being held in solitary confinement in 2015. Day 3: July 6, 2017 – Professor Michael Jackson called as expert witness, author of Justice Behind the Walls (2001). Day 4: July 7, 2017 – Expert testimony of Professor Michael Jackson, and cross examination by counsel of Canada. Day 5: July 10, 2017 – Expert witness Dr. Stuart Grassian, US psychiatrist introduced.
Day 6: July 11, 2017 – Inmate witnesses, James Busch, and Leslie Brownjohn affidavits entered, and cross examination. Day 7: July 12, 2017 – Mary Elizabeth Campbell, retired lawyer, testifies. Mr. Justice Peter Leask rules on 20,000 documents that were forwarded to the BCCLA one day prior. Day 8: July 13, 2017 – Robert Clark, former employee at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) gives testimony, regarding internal culture of CSC. Day 9: July 14, 2017 – Canada presents court with new documents not previously disclosed to BCCLA. Day 10: July 17, 2017 – Dr. Paul Gendreau, gives opinions on the effects of solitary confinement and prison life in general on prisoners.
Day 11: July 18, 2017 – Cross-examination of Dr. Paul Gendreau. Day 12: July 19, 2017 – Bobby Lee Worm gives testimony to court regarding the three and a half years she spent in solitary confinement in Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Day 13: July 24, 2017 – Dr. Ruth Martin, gives expert testimony about the physical and mental health of prisoners, and the role of physicians and healthcare workers in prisons. Day 14: July 25, 2017 – Ms. Kelly Hannah-Moffat gives evidence concerning the effects of segregation. Day 15: July 26, 2017 – Dr. Margo Rivera, a consultant to the Correctional Service of Canada testifies on segregation.
Day 16: July 27, 2017 – Ms. Amanda Lepine, gives testimony concerning her time incarcerated as a youth and adult, including her experiences with segregation. Day 17: July 28, 2017 – Dr. Coyle, governor of three penitentiaries in the UK gives expert testimony. Day 18: July 31, 2017 – Canada opens their case, with Mr. Bruce Somers, former Deputy Warden with Correctional Service Canada.  Day 19: August 1, 2017 – Bruce Somers continues testimony. Cross-examination by BCCLA.  Day 20: August 2, 2017 – BCCLA continues cross-examination of Bruce Somers.
              Day 21: August 3, 2017 – Warden, Brigitte Bouchard gives evidence in court on aboriginal initiatives within penitentiaries. Day 22: August 4, 2017 – BCCLA witness Daren Frick, Assistant Warden at Edmonton Institution, takes the stand.               Day 23: August 9, 2017 – Professor Craig Haney, gives testimony on the psychology of imprisonment.  Day 24: August 11, 2017 – Dr. Brie Williams, gives evidence on administrative segregation and physical health.               Day 25: August 14, 2017 – Dr. Kelly Blanchette, a research officer for CSC, speaks on “Interventions to Preserve Life and Prevent Serious Bodily Harm.”

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