LONDON - Correctional Officers at London’s
Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre will hold an Information Picket
to protest the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services’ lack of action in addressing deteriorating jail
conditions across the province.
Date: Friday, September 28th, 2012
Location: Elgin-Middlesex Detention
Centre, 711 Exeter Rd, London
Officials with OPSEU Local 108 at the
Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre continue to speak out regarding
overcrowding, understaffing, record numbers of violent
incidents, outdated equipment and the failure of Corrections
Minister Madeleine Meilleur to act on these issues.
“Jails throughout the province are faced with
dangerously low staffing levels as the government imposed hiring
freeze continues,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“Accompanied by overcrowding, lack of personal protective
equipment and infrastructure issues, the recipe for disaster is
Dan Sidsworth, Provincial Chair of OPSEU’s
Corrections Division, said that the Elgin-Middlesex Detention
Centre is on par for reaching 278 inmate-on-inmate assaults by
the end of 2012.
“Two coroner’s inquests have recommended
hiring more staff to supervise the inmates but this has been
rejected by the province,” Sidsworth said. “Correctional
officers are working with insufficient and broken equipment,
however, the safety of the inmates and staff are subject to
Minister Meilleur’s budget.”
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