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Media advisory: OPSEU President to speak to crisis in corrections

Publication Date

Monday, November 23, 2015 (All day)

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will address the media on the crisis that is gripping Ontario’s correctional system.

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: Media Studio, Queen’s Park

There is an acute shortage of correctional staff in Ontario’s jails. This has meant record numbers of partial and complete lockdowns to maintain order and protect inmates and staff.

Severe overcrowding at almost every correctional facility has contributed to this crisis. It has given rise to increased tension and incidents of violence. Ontario’s underfunded mental health network has also added to the crisis. It has made jails the mental health system of last resort.

Correctional services representatives have repeatedly pleaded for help. However, the Liberal government has largely ignored the crisis in corrections.

“Kathleen Wynne and Yasir Naqvi have shrugged off the crisis in corrections,” says Thomas. “Their complacency has created a hazardous situation for correctional staff and probation and parole officers. This government’s inaction puts the security of our communities in jeopardy.”

For more information:

Monte Vieselmeyer
Chair, Corrections Division, OPSEU
705-627-1942

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