Jann Arden condemns poor treatment of her brother in prison

North Stars
November 4, 2011

Canadian singer Jann Arden says she is watching her brother "slowly die" in prison. Visiting "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight," Arden discussed the prison experience of her older brother, Duray Richards, who is serving a life sentence in Alberta for first-degree murder.

Richards was convicted for the 1992 murder of a woman from Creson, B.C. and was sentenced to life in prison. While Richards has claimed he is innocent -- and a foundation in B.C. is reportedly revisiting the case -- he has already served nearly 20 years behind bars.

"We watched him slowly die in there over the last 20 years," said Arden, who was promoting her memoir, "Falling Backwards," on the CBC talk show. "I've gotten to know him, but I'm also watching a man that's three years older than me that's declining: type one diabetes, respiratory problems, sores that won't heal, his teeth are rotting out of his head, he can hardly see. And he's not looked after very well, and this is Canada."

The singer, who has eight Juno Awards to her name, believes that having a famous sister isn't to Richards's advantage.

"It's a curse and a blessing that I'm his sister. You know, some people say it would really help him, but it doesn't always help him, sometimes it's to his detriment," said the Canadian icon. "They think that I send him money all the time. Well, newsflash, anyone incarcerated in this country is only allowed so much money. If I had ten million dollars, I couldn't send it to him. He's allowed 500 bucks a year, that's what he can have."

Arden told Strombo she feels her brother should be released from the federal penitentiary. "He has, I think, paid his debt to society," she told Strombo.

What to Read Next

High Interest Payday Loans are Ancient History

$5,000 for $151/mo, 5.99% APR, 3 yr repayment, $0 down payment. Free, no obligation quotes. Get up to 5 offers in minutes. Start loan request now.

Drivers Born Between 1953 And 1983 Must Read This

United States drivers who drive less than 50mi/day will be surprised. If you pay more than $50/month for auto insurance, you better read this...

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Single and over 45?

There are thousands of singles online now! Find your next date here. Click to browse profiles and pics for free!

The Amex Platinum Card®

40,000 Points Offer & Transform Your Travel Experience. Apply Now!

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.