Ex-Cons in a Pandemic Job Market

06/29/2021 Colin McGregor 0

You wouldn’t think that there’d be much hope for someone in their 40s or 50s with a criminal record, who’s been in jail for a decade or more, of piercing the job market. Prejudices against ex-cons; the blinding flurry of new technologies that long-term prisoners […] See more

Scabies! The Unwelcome Guest

04/20/2020 Colin McGregor 0

This happened when I was imprisoned, on a transfer from one jail to another, temporarily in a holding facility for transferees. By Colin McGregor, Prison CFF de Laval Laying on the upper bunk of a 10 x 7 foot prison cell, I was itching like […] See more

On Isolation

08/04/2018 Colin McGregor 2

I awake in a sweat, dazed and disoriented. I turn my pillow over to the dry, cold side underneath, and think: a few seconds ago, I was walking along Sherbrooke Street on a sunny summer’s day, rummaging through second-hand bookstores. Not now. My eyes adjust […] See more

Squirrels and the Transfer Bus

11/30/2016 Colin McGregor 0

On a transfer bus from Cowansville to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, in the lower Laurentians just north of Laval. It does not matter if it is day or night. I cannot tell. By Colin McGregor | File Prison In the rear, in a cage, manacled and handcuffed, all […] See more

The Scapegoat Syndrome

11/30/2016 Colin McGregor 0

René Girard, a writer and philosopher from France, feels that human societies are necessarily full of negative emotions. People copy others – that’s human nature – and one person’s violence and rage can multiply, can get horribly out of control. To avoid anarchy, all societies, […] See more