Detention conditions: abusive use of solitary confinement
QUÉBEC CITY, Sept. 26, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - In her 2018-2019 Annual Report tabled today, Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret is critical that correctional facilities use solitary confinement of detainees too often, for long periods and without specific guidelines or instructions.
"Solitary confinement consists of keeping detainees in their cell for 22 hours a day or more. Our investigations show that correctional facilities neglect to periodically reassess the need for such a measure. They therefore constrain the detainee in question using solitary confinement that persists unjustly," the Ombudsperson pointed out.
Pending a new provincial instruction on the subject, the Québec Ombudsman recommends that solitary confinement be limited to a maximum of 15 days, as specified in international standards.
Among the other findings:
In 2018-2019, the Québec Ombudsman intervened concerning the Commission québécoise des libérations conditionnelles, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique and the 18 correctional facilities within the Department's purview. The percentage of substantiated complaints was 41.1% and most of them concerned lengthy delays and failure to respect detainees' rights.
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