N.L. prisons suffering a mental health crisis, report on inmate deaths finds
2019-02-07 from globalnews.ca
A new report on four inmate deaths says Newfoundland’s prisons are suffering a mental health crisis that the current system cannot fix.
The independent review, released Wednesday, paints a bleak picture of life inside the province’s largest men’s and women’s facilities.
The team led by retired police superintendent Marlene Jesso concluded overcrowding, limited health services, critical understaffing and insufficient training have contributed to inmates’ poor mental health.
Thirty pages of details surrounding the four deaths between 2017 and 2018 were redacted, but the reviewers noted all four people were experiencing mental health issues.
“The review team cannot conclude any action or inaction by correctional staff would have prevented the deaths of the four individuals,” Jesso’s report read.
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