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Ontario ombudsman receives record number of complaints about jails

Ontario ombudsman receives record number of complaints about jails
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TORONTO — Ontario’s ombudsman is raising concerns about conditions in the province’s correctional facilities after receiving over 6,000 complaints from inmates last year.

Paul Dube details problems with overcrowding, poor living conditions, and lack of inmate access to medical care in his annual report released today.

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He says at some facilities, including the Thunder Bay and Kenora jails, his team observed what he calls disturbing conditions.

The report notes that some facilities had three or four inmates bunked in cells designed for two, and saw inmates housed in areas not designated for living purposes.
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