Ontario falls far short of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Facilities built i many decades ago for much smaller inmate populations now routinely house three times their original designed capacity. The less powerful inmates must sleep on the floor. The noise, the filth, the plumbing and ventilation issues are exacerbated by anxious inmates forced to live virtually on top of one another.
LETTER TO SOLICITOR GENERAL JONES - ELGIN MIDDLESEX DETENTION CENTRE
May 17, 2019
"The conditions at EMDC are amongst the worst I have seen in Ontario. Fourteen prisoners have died at EMDC in the past decade. The institution is overcrowded, unsanitary and dangerous. Prisoners’ mental health, addictions and creed-related needs are not being adequately accommodated."
JAIL DEATHS: CAPTURED ON CAMERA
December 1, 2017
In this episode of The Fifth Estate, CBC's Habiba Nosheen investigates why inmates keep dying inside the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre and why more isn't being done to keep staff and inmates safe.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."