Friday, December 20, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Ashley Smith was 19 when she choked to death in October 2007 at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont. (CP)
In key evidence evidence presented at the inquest into the death of Ashley Smith, the 19-year-old pleaded with the Kingston correctional officers trying to subdue her.
Yesterday, after a year of hearings, the second inquest into her death delivered a verdict of homicide.
The Moncton teenager died six years ago when guards failed to remove a cord she'd place around her own neck. They were told by senior management not to intervene unless she stopped breathing.
"How could such a flagrant abuse, such a flagrant regard for human life, go unaccounted for. We on behalf of the Smith family call for the authorities to re-open the criminal investigation into those who issued the order ... Those who made the order not to go into her cell. The Deputy Warden. The Warden. Those above have yet to truly be investigated, or yet to truly answer for their actions."Julian Falconer, lawyer for the Smith family
The Ashley Smith Inquest won't right any wrongs done to the then19-year-old. But today we ask if any inquiry might bring justice, or solace to those left to grieve.
Share your thoughts on today's discussion.
This segment was produced by The Current's Debbie Pacheco, Sarah Grant, Sujata Berry and Liz Hoath.