Drugs in prisons: Senator Kim Pate gives context on inmate who died due to suspected drug overdose

Metro Morning

One inmate from Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Mition is dead, and five others are in hospital. Police say they believe the inmates died of drug overdoses and had all been confined to the same cell block. Senator Kim Pate is a long-standing advocate for incarcerated people and people in conflict with the law. She says problems are brought into prisons when they're problems in the outside community. She wants mental health, addiction treatment and a spectrum of supports to be funded in the outside community, in order to affect what happens inside the prison.

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