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Lawyers and experts have stressed the danger COVID poses to jails and prisonswhere the disease could spread rapidly and have a devastating impact on both correctional staff and inmates, many of whom have mental illnesses and existing health problems. As of Wednesday, there were no confirmed cases in the Ontario jail system.
Nine inmates have been tested so far, according to Kristy Denette, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Four tests have come back negative and there are five pending results, she said. The Maplehurst inmate, a self-described recidivist who is due to be released within a week, agreed to talk to the Star on the condition he not be identified, for fear of reprisals.
Inside the jail, he said, social distancing measures have curtailed regular programming such as Alcoholics Anonymous and anger-management classes, leaving inmates with little to do. That is exacerbating an already tense environment. A nurse handing out medication Wednesday morning was sneezing and wiping her nose on her sleeve, the Maplehurst inmate said, adding that hand sanitizer is in short supply, and inmates are being told there are no masks available.
Meanwhile, as prisoner advocates and health professionals call for a reduction in jail and prison populations to help stop the spread of COVID behind bars, one process to do exactly that has stopped temporarily. Jeff Rybak, a defence lawyer who represents inmates seeking provincial parole, told the Star parole hearings inside the jail have stopped.
And yet they have ground to a halt. The Ontario Parole Board confirmed that in-person hearings have been adjourned this week. In an email, spokesperson Sarah Copeland said alternative formats are being explored that would let the board continue with its legislated mandate to decide on matters of public safety.
Inmates who are given a sentence of between six months and two years serve their time in provincial jails and become eligible for parole at the one-third mark of their sentence. For a hearing, two board members typically meet with the inmate in person at the jail. The Ontario Parole Board also hears applications for temporary absences from jail of more than 72 hours and up to 60 days — the type of request Rybak expects the board to be inundated with as a result of COVID This process would also let inmates leave jail for medical treatment that cannot be provided within the facility, he said.
He said the hearings could be conducted by video, but the technical capacity may not exist yet. The board can also do a paper review, but Rybak said he is extremely concerned this would mean the board would lack the crucial details that would come from speaking with inmates who are typically not represented by a lawyer.
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There are no visitors, no new books and no rehabilitation programs. So when or so inmates take the extreme step of going on a hunger strike we should listen to what they have to say. Those are pretty basic standards that any jail in Ontario should be able, and expected, to deliver. Ontario jails are notorious for using lockdowns — which confine inmates to their cells for lengthy periods — to cope with staff shortages.Kingston Pen Secrets And Lies
The fact that there have been relatively few reported cases — other than a massive outbreak in a Brampton facility — shows that provincial jails and federal prisons have done a good job in keeping the virus at bay. Ontario has recently grappled with that issue in another context: long-term-care homes. It was a recognition that lengthy isolation, even for reasons of safety, was too traumatic to be acceptable.
The government should apply similar logic to the Lindsay jail and no doubt other facilities. Their ability to talk to their children, spouses or parents on the phone or, better still by video, is vital to maintaining the relationships and support they will rely on when they return to the community.
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Social distancing is nearly impossible to maintain in jails or prisons, corrections officials say, and some inmates could be at risk for serious or life-threatening symptoms from the coronavirus.
County jail superintendents have been evaluating early releases on a case-by-case basis. Only non-violent defendants are eligible. According to Rockingham County Corrections Superintendent Stephen Church, the release of a defendant often depends on specific restrictions or requirements.
This could include daily check-ins, electronic monitoring or participation in programming. Many counties have only released a handful of inmates. Rockingham County Jail, one of the larger facilities in the state, has released about a dozen people. The majority of inmates who have been released by county jails have been close to the end of their sentences, or have already been on work or weekend releases.
Correctional facilities across the state are putting new inmates under quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Officials said it would be impossible to quarantine inmates serving on work or weekend releases because they leave and return to the facilities so regularly. Belknap County has released more defendants than most other counties in the state. Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray said his jail population has decreased by about 20 percent since the beginning of March.
The state Department of Corrections is also considering releasing inmates through administrative home confinement. Other precautions jails and prisons in New Hampshire are taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus include screening staff and new inmates daily, canceling volunteer programs and group activities and increasing sanitization of their facilities.
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Find inmate records in Canada. Hi I was wondering how i find out where my boyfriend is? He is serving a 18 month sentence in ontario but i don't know what prison he is in. Is there any site where I can find information on his records and his charges? His friends are the only ones who keep in contact with him because he is too scard to call me. I need to know when he will be released and what I can do from now.
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Do you know what area of ontario he was in when he was incarcerated? Is it federal or provincial charges? My man used to do stuff like this to me all the time and I would normally just call the jail and ask if he was there, Your basic options are, Someone could ask their guys if he is in the prison that they are in. My husband is in Bath. I live in Kingston Ontario There are 9 prisons in and around here.
Chances are he is here somewhere. If he is serving 18 months then he would be in a provincial jail. As only people doing 2 years or more are in Federal institutions. Ontario has a phone number that you can call to enquire about an inmate, they will tell you if he is incarcerated in the Provincial system. PM me and I will locate the number.
I am looking for david coon. He murdered 2 boys in Peterborough ontario in the 90's. He was in the kingston pen and I would like to know where he is now.Hello there. Recently blessed with family visits which means I have the opportunity to spend the weekend with my loved ones. I am looking for a friend to talk with.
I have learned a lot from my past mistakes and have taken the time to work on becoming a better person every day. I like to work out, box and learn. I speak fluent Spanish and I am currently learning German. I do get a lot of family support and would like to add a friend in order to stay positive during this time. I was. My name is Dustin. I have one year left to serve. Id love to hear from a nice young woman.
So, any nice young woman or even an older woman that would like to write to me, please do, id love to have a pen pal. Just like to talk to someone, outside my family. My name is Devin. My hobbies include reading, fast cars, movies, riding quads, and tattoos. I enjoy tradition and family is important to me. My name is Daniel, and I am 28 years old.
I love to write songs and to play the guitar. If I could have my dream come true, I would be a musician. I attended college, and I am one semester from having a degree in Psychology. Unfortunately, I allowed drugs to be a part of my life, and I am currently incarcerated, awaiting trial.
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