Ontario's ombudsman & Correctional Officer on excessive use of force in jails
On Tuesday, the Ontario Ombudsman called on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to end the culture of silence surrounding excessive use-of-force against inmates. Andre Marin's office investigated how the ministry handled complaints of correctional officers who allegedly used excessive force on inmates over a two-year period. He says he found a code of silence amongst staff that is "widespread, intractable and insidious, " and one of the egregious examples he cited today took place inside the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre in October 2010. We reached Andre Marin by phone for more detail.
On Wednesday, a Correctional Officer with 26 years on the job responded to the Ombudsman's concerns. OPSEU's Dan Sidsworth told Alan that it's inmate violence against each other and against his colleagues that's a much bigger problem.