CBC Radio show – The Current: Deaths of two prisoners in segregated custody renew solitary confinement debate
National President, Jason Godin participated this morning in the CBC Radio show, “The Current” to present the Union’s viewpoint regarding the use of segregation. Click on the icon below to listen to the segment.
Last week a coroner’s inquest began investigating the death of Christopher Roy — an inmate at the Matsqui Prison in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Roy hanged himself in his cell last year after spending 60 days in segregation. His father Rob Roy blamed the isolation as contributing to his son’s death.
And earlier this month, officers found Terry Baker unresponsive in her cell where she was being held segregated at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont.
It has been two years since an Ontario coroner’s jury investigating Ashley Smith’s death made numerous recommendations to prevent the deaths of mentally distressed prisoners in segregated custody but they continue to occur.
There is a chorus of voices now calling on government to legislate the end of segregated custody for all Canadian prisoners.
Today, The Current debates the usefulness and danger of isolation in Canada’s prisons.
This segment was produced by The Current’s Sujata Berry and Peggy Lam.