Ontario ombudsman receives document variety of complaints about provincial jails

TORONTO — Ontario’s ombudsman is elevating considerations about situations within the province’s correctional services after receiving over 6,000 complaints from inmates final yr.

Paul Dube particulars issues with overcrowding, poor dwelling situations, and lack of inmate entry to medical care in his annual report launched right now.

Dube says the variety of complaints are a document for the watchdog’s workplace and he and his employees visited correctional services themselves a number of occasions to analyze.

He says at some services, together with the Thunder Bay and Kenora jails, his crew noticed what he calls disturbing situations.

The report notes that some services had three or 4 inmates bunked in cells designed for 2, and noticed inmates housed in areas not designated for dwelling functions.

The ombudsman says his workplace has additionally acquired over 800 complaints associated to the COVID-19 pandemic and launched an investigation into long-term care properties earlier this yr.