Saskatchewan inmate files human rights complaint over mental health – Global News – 2020-07-31

The death of her brother weighs on Prairie Crowe’s mind.

Nicholas Dinardo is alive, but behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted suicide multiple times and spent long stints in isolation, she says, including more than 200 days while he was in remand before his current five-year sentence for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and mischief to property.

When her brother’s feeling good, he jokes around, Crowe says. He also writes poetry and reads it to her during their phone calls.

But being alone has taken its toll on her younger brother and he’s struggling, says the 35-year-old Regina woman.

“He has these episodes where he comes very, very close to committing suicide and we always worry that he’ll be successful,” Crowe told The Canadian Press.

“I don’t want my brother to die.”

On Friday, Dinardo filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission against the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). The complaint alleges his distress has been met with force by corrections staff and exacerbated by an absence of mental-health care.

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