Improve Jailhouse Conditions – ForceChange

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Target: Andrew Morrison, Solicitor General, Canada

Goal: Improve the conditions in an Ontario jail.

One Canadian jail is suffering from overcrowding, forcing as many as three individuals into one cell. Prisoners at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre in Ontario also have very limited access to their exercise yard and others do not have adequate resources when it comes to disabilities or addiction.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has stepped in and demanded that action be taken immediately. They found that the jail is failing to meet minimum standards as set forth by the United Nations and its rules on the treatment of prisoners. Prisoners also have limited access to spiritual services and medical providers.

More must be done to address these concerns and ensure that prisoners are treated humanely and provided with basic access to their mental, physical, and spiritual needs.


Dear Solicitor General Morrison,

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has found the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Center to be in violation of international laws when it comes to the treatment of prisoners. Prisoners are left three to a cell and have limited access to spiritual, medical, and physical resources.

More must be done to address the concerns in this jail and ensure that prisoners in other jails don’t experience similar abuses or needs. Ensure that all prisoners have the resources guaranteed to them by law.


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Photo Credit: Joseph Kranak

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