Canada: Prisons watchdog: Some lessons ‘ignored’ since Ashley Smith death

Surveillance footage has recently been released of staff treatment of a mentally ill girl who was housed in a Canadian prison.  The video shows the girl with a hood over her head, duct taped into a suicide blanket, and then duct-taped into a chair.  The girl later committed suicide by hanging herself.

The federal Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, said that he was concerned since first seeing the videos five years ago, as well as overall concern regarding how the corrections system handles the mentally ill.  He states that “basic promises, such as allowing mental health professionals to review serious incidents or insuring that mentally ill inmates don’t spend long periods of time in segregation, are not being fulfilled.”

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