Jail Staff Committing ‘Brazen Acts of Violence’

Some prison guards in Ontario beat convicts, then lie about their injuries, scare them into silence and force their colleagues to do the same, says the province’s ombudsman in a damning report on jailhouse violence.
André Marin’s report includes photos of inmates, their eyes swollen shut, their faces covered in blood, and the stories of the prison guards who tried to get away with the attacks.
“Punching, slapping, kicking, stomping on someone who is under control, under restraints, is inexcusable and morally repugnant,” Marin said at a news conference Tuesday.
“Regardless of why they are incarcerated, inmates are human beings and they deserve respect, dignity and humane treatment.”
His report makes 45 recommendations, the first of which states all correctional staff should be made aware “that the code of silence (among prison guards) will not be tolerated.”

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