‘Too many people are in jail that shouldn’t be’

To overturn the criminal justice system’s ongoing punishment of mentally ill offenders, reform – both inside and outside of the courtroom – is needed, a Yellowknife-based lawyer says. “We continue to criminalize mental health issues,” Paul Falvo, a criminal defence lawyer who has represented clients throughout the territory and Nunavut, wrote in an email. “It...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.