"Serious Problems" in Use of Segregation in Prisons, Ontario Ombudsman Reports
"The use of segregation in Ontario jails is full of 'serious problems,'
including improper tracking and monitoring of prisoners, says the
province’s ombudsman in a new report....
Dubé is calling on the province to clearly define what segregation is,
noting that it is inconsistent among correctional facilities, saying it
should reflect the conditions inmates are in, and not just simply if
they are placed in a “'segregation unit.'
He called on the government to legislate a clear definition of
segregation based on the conditions an inmate faces, rather than the
actual location within the prison, and train correctional staff. He also
urged the province set up 'independent panels to review all segregation
placements and place the onus on the ministry (of community safety and
correctional services) to show that each placement is justified.'...
The ombudsman’s report notes the toll that segregation takes on inmates,
calling it 'a severe form of punishment that can have grave and lasting
effects on a person’s mental state,' and said it should only be used as
a last resort."
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