Koskie Minsky LLP has commenced a class action against the Province of Ontario alleging that lockdowns arising from the Province of Ontario’s failure to properly staff its correctional institutions facilities have caused and continue to cause physical and psychological damage to inmates across the Province.
A staffing-related “lockdown” of a correctional institution occurs when prisoners are locked in their cells due to shortages of prison staff. Lockdowns can last for days or even weeks at a time. Staffing related lockdowns have become a common feature of Ontario’s correctional institutions that deprive prisoners of their most basic rights.
The class includes:
All current and former inmates of correctional institutions as defined in the Ministry of Correctional Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.22 (the “Correctional Institutions”), between May 30, 2009 and November 27, 2017 who are or were remanded, except the Excluded Persons;
All current and former inmates of the Correctional Institutions between May 30, 2009 and November 27, 2017 who are or were serving a sentence at a Correctional Institution or who have violated parole and are or were imprisoned at a Correctional Institution as a result, except the Excluded Persons; and,
“Excluded Persons” are:
- all inmates detained only in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c.27; and,
- all inmates of Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, the Ontario Correctional Institute and the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre (solely with respect to their incarceration at those Correctional Institutions).