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Prison guards not trained to deal with severely mentally ill: union

SASKATOON – The president of the union that represents Canadian prison guards says they are not being properly trained to deal with inmates who have mental health issues. 371 more words

Health

Offender with 'disturbing parallels' to Ashley Smith was in prison despite watchdog warnings

A severely mentally ill inmate whose case has “disturbing parallels” to that of Ashley Smith was kept in a federal penitentiary for nearly a year-and-a-half despite requests from Canada’s prison watchdog to immediately transfer her to a psychiatric hospital. 1,118 more words

National

Court declares mentally ill female prisoner not a dangerous offender

Marlene Carter, a 43-year-old inmate with severe mental illness who’s spent much of her five years behind bars tied to a plank, bed or chair in a solitary cell, is not a dangerous offender, a judge has ruled. 301 more words

Canada

Tied down in solitary for years, is sick inmate a dangerous offender?

Update: a judge’s ruling late Thursday afternoon determine Marlene Carter is not a dangerous offender. Read the story here.

Marlene Carter is sick.

The 43-year-old’s compulsion to hurt herself is so great she’ll hurl herself, against restraints, to smack her head against whatever hard surface is closest. 847 more words

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Beauty is everywhere

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

- Ashley Smith

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Ottawa considers closing some prison psychiatric beds: Watchdog

June 2, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Ottawa is considering closing psychiatric beds in federal prisons barely a month after announcing a new strategy on inmates with mental illness, the federal prison watchdog says. 871 more words

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