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Ontario's ombudsman & Correctional Officer on excessive use of force in jails

1-ce386bd4a7.jpgOn 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.





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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.

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