Ashley Smith was in solitary confinement. The 19-year old was being held on suicide watch. In October, 2007 she strangled herself with a piece of cloth.
A psychiatrist hired by Corrections Canada claims Ms. Smith's use of ligatures - while on suicide watch - was not evidence of suicide. Dr. Margo Rivera claims Smith's binding behaviour was probably done out of boredom.
This horrendous story began when Smith got into trouble at age 15 for throwing apples at a postal worker. She never got out. Instead she kept getting into trouble that extended her sentence. At 18 she went into the adult system and then into federal penitentiary. Later it was determined Ashley Smith was mentally ill.