Previously published in Examiner
Part 5 of the prison suicide series
The aftermath of the Ashley Smith investigation
The four workers were charged under section 220 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, Cause Death by Criminal Negligence.
The results of the government investigation were that:Ashley’s Smith death was preventable
Misuse of segregation
The death was due to system failures not only to Ashley Smith but these failures could affect every inmate
These issues are a result of inherent problems within the Canadian Correctional System.
The Canadian Government must act immediately to rectify these failures to prevent other suicide deaths across all correctional systems in the land.
Personal Note: Is this a case of too little too late? Or should we just sit back and say, “these things happen?” I say, “why do we as a society always wait until something horrible happens before we check the safeguards within any of our social, medical, and legal systems. Why are these safeguards not in place from the very beginning?”
As previously mentioned 4 young girls died in lock-up at Montreal’s social service detention center. They were locked in confinement and the electric doors would not open during a fire. Only after the tragic deaths did the government put in proper safety precautions.
Stay tuned for the conclusion