December 8, 2018.
Interviewer El Jones.
Mi’kmaw man says poor treatment he received at the PEI Correctional Facility left him hospitalized and in fear of his life. The Halifax Examiner. https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca
I understand this man was being held in segregation. The Mandela Rules are clear — no one experiencing physical or mental illness should be held in segregation. It is dehumanizing and clinically harmful.
He was remanded. Although approximately two-thirds of prisoners in Canada are on remand, it should be a last resort. Remand places untried and unconvicted people at risk of the harms of incarceration, one of which is exposure to infectious disease.
The prioritization of “security” over health translates into a lack of access to hygiene products to prevent infection, and delays in recognizing illness and accessing treatment.