Ontario has failed to keep mentally ill people out of segregation in jail: human rights commission – CBC News – 2020-08-25

Ontario has failed to keep inmates with mental health disabilities out of segregation, the province’s human rights commission alleges.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission filed a motion with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seeking an order to hold the province accountable for violating a two-year-old agreement on the use of solitary confinement in the province’s jails for the mentally disabled.

The commission alleges the provincial government has breached its legal obligations to inmates in the process.

“The OHRC is taking this legal step to make sure that no prisoner is subjected to the unconstitutional harms caused by solitary confinement, that prisoners with mental health disabilities receive the care they require,” the commission said in a statement.

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