Escalating violence driving jailhouse...

Escalating violence driving jailhouse workers to suicide

There are 3 comments on the Ottawa Sun story from Jul 27, 2011, titled Escalating violence driving jailhouse workers to suicide. In it, Ottawa Sun reports that:

The gang violence at Ottawa's dentention centre on Innes Rd. is taking a major toll on staff, according to the corrections workers' union.

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Sonia Vilon

Toronto, Canada

#1 Aug 3, 2011
It's the jail that wants you to believe that. I can tell you that the reason could be the brutality of the guards secret gang. They hurt prisoners and torture them for days on end. It's not all the staff that can take home the horrors of what is really going on behind those steel doors. A lot of the staff do not like this but have to remain silent. It has become this huge network of organised crime. There is only one word that describes such brutality, TORTURE
What can you really do when the bosses of these places are promoting violence with power and covering their brutal acts.

Nepean, Canada

#2 Aug 25, 2011
I spent 7.5 months in there, locked down in a 10 x 10 cell with two other men. Within that room was an old toilet and sink. There are no cleaning supplies, nor anti-bacterial anything. You have to spend $8 out of your "canteen" to buy some hand soap if family is nice enough to wait the 4 hours on average it takes to get in for a visit and drop off some money for you.

The cockroaches are one thing as you've got one bed and the other two people are on the floor, but the fact that there is no books being passed around, no entertainment, and that some of the guards are quite blatantly dehumanizing. There was a fight in the cell next door and it took 2 minutes to get the door open. Why? because none of the guards had the right key. The guy came out with his eye slashed and blood dripping down his face. Why did the fight start? because he used his cellmates toothpaste. Why did he use his toothpaste? probably because there is no dentist, nor any medical care. The "Doctor" will simply come around and prescribe whatever type of medication is needed (or wanted) to keep the inmate in control. The average "time" spend with a doctor is 15 seconds. He'll say "what's wrong" - If you say you have anxiety - he'll say "I'll give you something for it" - and that's it. and from there you have meds. what is it? you're not even sure of unless your familiar with them.

With the lack of things for inmates to do - no books, and you having to buy everything from paper, to golf sized pencils - those that have no family to drop off $$ means that you're sol and all you have is the hope that another inmate will let you read a book or magazine that they've purchased.

Jail is not meant to be "club med" - but believe me, it's not. It's inhumane torture. There's no liquids served. You get a TEA every lunch and dinner which can at times come with hair, or who knows what within it. Why? Because the mops used for the floors are rinsed in the tea jugs upstairs.

50% of people released have hepatitis. Not from "sex" which is extremely RARE at OCDC, but from the dirt, grime, and absolute filth (excretement on the walls) This place needs to be shut down. Or At LEAST provide inmates REAL cleaning supplies and some books. But if it wasn't for the chaplaincy - I think there'd be a LOT more violence. Just wait until another riot. But then again - why do people care - we're only humans that are awaiting a trial... only took me 8 months to get bail.

Nepean, Canada

#3 Aug 25, 2011
And No - the guards don't have to respect inmates. They do tell inmates to F* off, and shut the F* up.

I complained once to a guard and told him that my "meal tray" was opened. His reply was "Yeah that's because I Ji**ed in it. Enjoy!(he smiles and walks away)

But you won't get that when there's an "IC" or IN CHARGE" officer -(the correctional officers boss) around. They just stand quiet. But when there is no "IC" in the corridor, if a standard "CO" is having a bad day, chances are if an inmate does ANYTHING - aka request toilet paper - it can lead to inmate harassment by the guards.

Imagine being stuck in a 10 x 10 cage - on the floor - no bars - just concrete and a steel door with a 12 by six inch "hatch" that's only opened for meals to come in and then slammed shut. Imagine trying to sleep when 24x7 there's hallogen lights on you. Imagine trying to sleep fearing the other two people in your cell with you. With nothing to do but listen do doors slamming, it really hurts. It doesn't make me say "oh man - I never want to come back here again" - It makes me think about how much people don't care for people with mental illnesses or people that need to get rehabilitated. It turns people cold. And the Conservative Government is not helping to fix this 300 year old system.

You wonder why there's violence being created from "Normal Canadian Citizens like yourself and me" - it's because as soon as you're locked in one of these cages with other "convicts" and "people" because you made a mistake in life - you start to think all sorts of things. Anxiety kicks in, you fear being raped or shanked because you watched too much TV. But in reality - the only thing you need to fear in there is getting into a fight because inmates have nothing better to do. Toss 32 guys that lose their lives for x amount of time in a bigger steel cage - with no entertainment but themselves and watch what happens. What do you expect? Can you blame them for trying to retain whatever dignity they have left? They're nature.

Next time you vote Conservative - remember that at any time someone you know or love may end up in "jail" for whatever reason or wrongfully accused. And with the crime rates DECLINING, you wonder why new "super jails" are being built by the Conservative Command. Why not build education centres or put funding into PREVENTION and TREATMENT of mental illnesses. lack of it is what probably got people there in the first place.

Anyways - I know that ignorance is bliss.

My one rant is this.
After being a positive citizen for 35 years and after making one mistake in which I plead guilty to, I realize that the criminal system in which I had not really cared about nor understood now controls my life. There is no second chance or rehabilitation. I'm in the system forever. Even after doing my time, I'm completely screwed. I can not travel, nor get another high tech job. I cannot work Government, and it's complete suffering even after doing my time and repentance. I feel like I don't have much to live but thankfully I still have part of my family to keep me going until I get the strength to press on. But when I see what other people have to go through - have gone through - it really gets to your heart how humans that have "control" aka Government can hurt those that live under their ruling and command. Break one law and you're cattle tagged.

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