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Ex-Youth Offender Seeks Amendment to Newfoundland’s Statute of Limitations on Child Abuse After Lengthy Solitary Confinement Experience


A Newfoundland man who spent almost two years of his childhood locked in solitary confinement arrived in Ottawa on Sept. 11 to raise awareness of the province being one of the last to remove its statute of limitations for child abuse.

When he was 13 years old, Jack Whalen was sentenced to four years in Newfoundland’s Whitbourne Detention Centre resulting from a physical altercation with another boy. For 703 days of Mr. Whalen’s sentence, he was confined to a tiny cell in solitary confinement.

I spent two years in a fiveandahalf by sixandahalf foot box, with no books. I wasn’t allowed to attend school. I was in there 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mr. Whalen told The Epoch Times.

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