QUEBEC REVIEW ORDERED ON ACCESS TO PRISONER PORN

Aug 07, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A new review has been ordered of a Quebec prisoner’s grievance – over access to TV channels showing late-night pornography.

Haris Naraine filed a complaint after corrections officials cancelled two cable channels in March 2013 – after he and other inmates at the Montreal-area Archambault Institution purchased them.

But when Correctional Service Canada instructed prisons across the country to remove all sexually explicit material from facilities – and to block X-rated television content – the porn channels were cut.

Naraine argued that the agency had no right to censor what the inmates legally paid for – and said limiting access violated their charter rights.

The service denied Naraine’s grievance in March 2014.

It said the right to access the material was not absolute – and that banning the channels helped maintain a safe environment – especially for female correctional officers who expressed concern.

Federal Court Justice Jocelyne Gagne says in a written ruling that the Correctional Service didn’t provide enough information about whether it would be possible to limit only sexually explicit content for inmates.

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