Being a jail guard — sorry, corrections officer — is a very hard job, made no easier by prison overcrowding and cutbacks that affect staffing levels.
That doesn't justify the actions of officers at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre who ignored a woman's cries of pain and pleas for help as she gave birth alone in a cell.
CBC News said the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services confirmed an unspecified number of officers and health-care staff at the jail have been suspended, reprimanded or fired over the incident last September.
The centre was the focus of a damning report by Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin last June that found systemic abuse in the province's corrections system that was covered up.
The ministry would not provide details of the investigation that led to the discipline or publish its report.
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