Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Jail services lacking
Manitoba's ombudsman is calling for improvements to some services for inmates of provincial jails.
Irene Hamilton said in her annual report that the Winnipeg Remand Centre cannot provide enough fresh air and recreation to segregated inmates because there is only one open gym area.
Hamilton said the centre has acknowledged the problem and is working on renovations, which should be complete later this year.
She is also calling for better health care at the Headingley Correctional Centre west of Winnipeg.
The ombudsman points to one case where an inmate fell ill overnight, but there were no nurses on duty, so he was eventually taken to hospital in a van instead of an ambulance.
Hamilton said the jail has agreed to extend its nursing hours once it fills vacant medical positions.
I completely support recreation for inmates, as it provides them with something productive to do.