A London MPP has taken the provincial government to task following another death of an inmate in custody at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
New Democrat Teresa Armstrong, who represents London–Fanshawe, rose during Question Period Wednesday to ask the premier to take action on overcrowding, understaffing, and overdose deaths.
Armstrong cited eight deaths at EMDC since 2007, including a recent incident where one man died and another is in critical condition due to drug overdose.
“There is a continued failure on behalf of this government to implement the recommendations of coroner’s juries previously convened to review past deaths,” said Armstrong. “When is this government planning on implementing the past recommendations that have been issued by coroner’s juries? Recommendations that may have saved the lives of Jamie High and prevented this latest tragedy.”
Armstrong’s question was prompted by the death of Justin Thompson this week mere days before completing a three-week sentence.
The Progressive Conservative critic on correctional issues, Rick McNicholls, renewed his call for body scanners in jails, which the government said it is in the process of rolling out.
EMDC has only metal scanners, which detect neither drugs nor ceramic weapons. The provincial government has said that Ontario’s 26 jails will get body scanners by 2018.