Wednesday, September 08, 2010
And Where Is Charles Dickens When We Need Him?
Continuing with the theme of Stephen Harper's kinky imprisonment fetish, this from the federal prison ombudsmen.
In a burst of 19th century enlightenment, correctional investigator Howard Sapers is decrying the practise of lengthy solitary confinement for the mentally ill. From the Canadian Press:
"[He] also recommends round-the-clock health-care coverage at medium- and maximum-security prisons.
Sapers has released an extensive report on the Correctional Service's response to deaths in custody.
He has harshly criticized the prison service over the 2007 death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith, who choked herself with a strip of cloth at the Grand Valley prison in Kitchener, Ont.
...Sapers argues offenders with mental disorders — especially those who might harm or even kill themselves — should not be put in isolation cells."