Investigation: Canada’s psychiatric prisons have highest death, assault rates

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May 1, 2014 –  Global News

Offenders are more likely to die or be violently attacked in a psychiatric prison than any other federal institution – by a long shot.

The people in these specialized facilities – in B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec – are the most vulnerable and problematic in a prison system already overflowing with mental illness.

And numbers obtained by Global News through an access to information request indicate they’re disproportionately subject to violence and death in the institutions supposedly designed to care for them best.

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Corrections Canada plans electronic anklets for parolees despite flaws

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August `17, 2012 – Globe and Mail

Correctional Service Canada plans to roll out electronic anklets to monitor parolees – even though its own pilot project found the devices did not work as hoped.

The idea is to ensure that offenders follow the conditions of their release. A tiny proportion of parolees breach those conditions or reoffend, although the number has been getting smaller for four years.

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Double-bunking in prisons not a problem for Vic Toews

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Thursday, July 12 – Globe and Mail

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Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he has no problem with the number of federal inmates sharing cells built for one.

And even as he reiterated his commitment to building 2,700 new cells in existing prison facilities, he said those additional units aren’t meant to alleviate the pressures caused by double-bunking – because there’s no need.

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