Correctional Service Lacks Compassion Dealing with Families of Inmates Who Die
"Canada's prison watchdog has issued a scathing report
on how the federal correctional service communicates with next of kin
when an inmate dies. Correctional investigator Howard Sapers says the
service has not been compassionate, open or transparent with families.
The report cites a case where a family member arrived to view the
body of his loved one at the appointed time, but was informed the inmate
had already been cremated.
"'o make matters worse, sometime later, the ashes were couriered to
him without prior notice'" reads the report. It quotes the family member
saying, 'They cremated him and they sent him by Purolator … sending
someone in the mail … it's just not right.'
Sapers says his office decided to conduct a formal review because after
years of raising his concerns, Corrections Canada has not changed its
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