The federal prison system has long faced criticism over its handling of mentally ill prisoners, with the most notable example the horrific death of teenager Ashley Smith.
Now documents obtained bythe John Howard Society under access-to-information legislation and furnished to CBC News reveal prisoners with serious mental illnesses were being kept in "grossly inadequate" conditions, including long stints in solitary confinement.
A report by the correctional investigator of Canada raised concerns about the isolation, lack of programs and "gross neglect" of the maintenance and hygiene of mentally ill prisoners at Millhaven Institution in Ontario, CBC News reported.
Society executive director Catherine Latimer said the segregation unit of the prison was "totally unsuitable," lacking in program space and providing a stark, isolated environment.
"It's underground, it’s small cells intended for punishment, and another coat of paint has not really converted it into a treatment centre whereRead More »from Despite revelations in Ashley Smith’s prison death, conditions for mentally-ill inmates still ‘grossly inadequate’