Evidently, Corrections Canada has learned precisely nothing from the sweeping investigation into Ashley Smith's untimely passing. Media outlets reported today that another woman, Kinew James, died in her cell while guards at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon ignored her calls for assistance.
“My understanding from the other women who were in the cells next to her is that she was trying to get the staff's attention,” says Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
“She was both calling out and pushing her call button for assistance,” Pate says of the inmates’ reports. “She was not getting any assistance.” CBC News
James had been serving a sentence of more than 15 years for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats, arson, mischief and obstruction of justice.
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