Province Seeking Public Feedback on Segregation Review
Ontario is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the use of segregation in Ontario's provincial adult correctional facilities. This is part of the ongoing work to transform the province's correctional system to improve staff and inmate safety, enhance effective rehabilitation and reintegration programs, and strengthen inmate mental health supports.
In addition to seeking feedback from human rights, civil liberty, and corrections stakeholders, the province is also asking members of the public, as well as those with lived experience in Ontario adult correctional facilities, to visit the ministry's website to provide feedback to help inform the review.
The government is committed to making the necessary changes to its segregation policy to ensure it is in line with the Ontario Human Rights Code - that segregation is only used as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted, and that inmates have alternative and proper supports in place.
The province will report back on the findings of this review in the summer of 2016.
- There are 41 mental health nurses hired into positions across 21 correctional facilities who provide specialized services to inmates. Additional mental health training for adult correctional staff, developed in partnership with the Centre of Mental Health and Addictions (CAMH), is rolling out across the province, scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.
- When inmates are placed in segregation, their placement is reviewed within 24 hours, and every five days thereafter.
- There are 26 provincial adult correctional facilities throughout Ontario.