Ashley Smith Case & Mental Health in Canadian Prisons

The Current

A video shows a teenage Ashley Smith heavily restrained on a prison transfer flight, her face covered with 2 hoods - they call them spit hoods - and later scenes of her surrounded by guards in gas masks and riot gear that prompted federal officials to stop their efforts to restrain the scope of an inquest that resumes this week. The questions in the death of Ashley Smith have raised wider issues. Today as part of our project, Line in the Sand: The Dilemmas that Define Us, we look at the intersection of mental illness and our criminal justice system.

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