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Overcrowding in Ottawa Jail

CBC News
April 26, 2004.

Jail crowding brings reduced sentences

OTTAWA - Conditions at the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Detention Centre, on Innes Road, are so crowded that lawyers say the inmates' basic human needs are not being met.

Lawyers say some inmates at the jail are sleeping on mattresses on the floor, and are allowed outside only once a week. Cells meant for two are holding three inmates.

In some cases, judges are granting requests for three-for-one credit for time served. That means one month spent in the jail counts as three months.

There are reports of increased violence at the jail, which lawyers say is related to the overcrowding.

Lawrence Greenspon heads up the Ottawa Defence Counsel Association. He says prisoners' basic human needs are not being met.