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Matsqui Lockdown and Intake Centre Hunger Strike

Stark Raven News
May 17, 2004

Matsqui Prison on Lockdown

Matsqui prison in Abbotsford was in lockdown for almost a week, from Monday May 10th to Saturday May 15th, 2004.

Lockdown means prisoners are locked in their cells for up to 24 hours a day and the regular visiting program is suspended. Prisoners cells are personal belongings are often searched. Prisoners can also be subjected to strip searches.

Prison officials say the prison was under lockdown to search for suspected drugs, and homemade knives.

During the lockdown the guards seized tattooing equipment, which is currently illegal inside Canadian prisons.

Matsqui is a men’s medium security prison for federal prisoners. Federal prisoners are those who are serving sentences of 2 years or more.

Prisoners on Hunger Strike to Protest Smoking Rules

Prisoners at a federal prison intake centre in Abbotsford were recently on hunger strike. They were protesting the prisons strict no-smoking policy. The hunger strike lasted several days.

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