“Where life is precious, life is precious.”
— Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Information & Resources
Our team is dedicating this memorial to the late activist and scholar Sarah Speight, who passed away unexpectedly as she was completing a doctoral thesis in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa entitled "Jails and Prisons Kill: Geographies of Inquest, Redress, and Injustice in Ontario". Sarah was a fierce advocate for prison justice and carceral abolition, who was involved in several initiatives like the Jail Accountability & Information Line, the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, and the Tracking (In)Justice Project aimed at reducing and, ultimately, ending the use and harms of criminalization and incarceration.
Add To The Memorial
This is a living memorial, which means it will continue to grow and develop over time. We are working on updating information on an ongoing basis. This is currently only a partial list of deaths in custody. Please get in touch with us to ask add a name, for a name to be removed, or to report an error or correction to a death in the memorial.