Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the prison suicide series
The suicide of Ashley Smith continued
By January 2006, Ashley Smith was still incarcerated in the Youth Detention Center and still under “segregation” and isolated from others, only now she turned 18. Ashley continued to be violent and assault the staff. Because of her new charges it was decided in court that all these youth charges and the new ones merge into one Adult charge to be served in a federal institution – The Nova Institution For Women.
Personal Note:This Montreal examiner is happy to say that her son’s incarceration in a mental hospital was only for 6 months and he never committed any crimes as an adult. He was only 13 when he was placed in the Montreal Douglas Hospital. However, that period was a very dark period for the both of us and this examiner can only imagine the torment the Smith family had gone through with their daughter, though she knows first hand the torment she felt with her delinquent son going through the hospital and then Montreal’s social services, Batshaw Youth and Family services.
Ashley ended her life on October 19, 2007. She was still in segregation only now she was incarcerated at a different correctional facilities, she often slept on the floor, where the tiles were taken away. She did not even have a mattress upon her bed. Ashley warned her primary worker of her intention to commit suicide but it went unheeded. Ashley took a rope and hung herself.
Personal Note: When this story was televised it was reported that the guards looked on while she killed herself. Their excuse for not stopping her was that they were told not to intervene. What kind of crap is that? Is this real, could the guards have been that callous? Did their dislike for her taint their professional judgment? Or was this really a case proving once again that the Stanley Milgram experiment talked about in Part 1 really is applicable across all borders; proving that humans will listen and obey authority figures without question, even when they know they will inflict or do wrong to the victims in their charge.
To be continued