February 2 -- The First Foray into the Community
The paperwork was processed for Gary's first escorted pass, an expedition
involving a half-hour car ride into Victoria for a counselling session
with a psychologist who had worked with Gary in the past and had supported
his application for temporary passes.
February 2, 1999, marked the first occasion in ten years that Gary Weaver
was outside of prison without being in handcuffs and leg irons. As Gary
I'm looking out the car window, I'm seeing grass
and trees and farms, I'm seeing everything -- it's so fine -- unbelievable.
When we get to Victoria I'm looking in stores and at people. The cars
look like spaceships, like you see in commercials. (Interview with Gary
Weaver, March 19, 1999)
Three days later, another journey began, one that would plunge Gary
back into the abyss of segregation. This journey would also chart how,
four years after the Arbour Report and two years after the report of the
Task Force on Segregation, segregation review at William Head Institution
flagrantly failed to comply with the Corrections
and Conditional Release Act. Far from illustrating the CSC's reintegration
strategy, the events that followed provide a compelling case for independent
adjudication to bring the Rule of Law into "Club Fed."
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