Three people died last year while in custody of the private prison in Ontario,
while complaints about healthcare inside the prison continue.
Questions remain as to the reasons behind the death of Jeffrey Elliott.
He died in August, a few weeks after receiving a cut on his hand.
His family is considering launching a lawsuit about the medical neglect they
feel Jeffrey experienced. An inquest into Jeffrey’s death, and into the death
of another prisoner, Joseph Balog,
are expected later this year. An inquest into the death of Lorne Thaw, 50, will
be held in February.
Dr. McNamara, the former head of ER at a nearby hospital, has been critical
of the healthcare inside the prison since it opened in 2001. He says that patients
coming to the hospital from the prison are
admitted far later than they should be, have received sometimes inappropriate
care and are not receiving adequate follow up. He says he has seen almost no
improvements, even after several
meetings with the prison administration and the government.
Central North Correctional Centre is a 1500 bed prison in Penetanguishene Ontario.
It is the first major privately run prison in Canada and is run by U.S.-based
Management Training Company.
For more info: Citizens Against Private Prisons