Author: Mark Stobbe
In 2008, Mark Stobbe was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. After the jail door clanged shut behind him, he carefully listened to his fellow inmates and watched the functioning of the two Remand Centres in which he was imprisoned. Using theories from sociology and psychology, he interprets these observations to create some fascinating insights into Canada’s jail system. Now that he has been acquitted of the murder charge against him, he is free to share these findings. Lessons from Remand offers a rare perspective on the world behind the barred windows and provides a fascinating example of how academic theories can be applied in a practical way to make sense of an otherwise inexplicable situation.
About the Author
Mark Stobbe was a senior communications official with the Government of Manitoba when his wife, Beverley Rowbotham, was brutally murdered in October of 2000. Eight years later, he was charged with second-degree murder. After spending close to two months incarcerated, he was released on bail until his trial began in the Manitoba Court of Queens Bench. On March 29, 2012, he was acquitted by a jury of his peers. He studied sociology at the University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University. He is the co-author of Devine Rule in Saskatchewan: A Decade of Hope and Hardship (with Leslie Biggs). He now lives in Saskatoon with two sons.