Government response to Ashley Smith inquest branded 'Orwellian'

Dec 13, 2014 By Matthew Friedberg

TORONTO – Canadian prison authorities have rejected core recommendations made by the Ashley Smith inquest a year ago but said they were still looking at ways to cut the use of segregation.

Coralee Smith, the mother of the mentally ill teen who choked to death in her isolation cell, denounced the government's inquest response as inadequate.

Among their 104 recommendations, inquest jurors urged an end to ``indefinite solitary confinement'' and the use of segregation beyond 15 days for female inmates with mental-health issues.

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