Public Inquests

The CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is raising concerns over the provincial governments plan to do away with mandatory public inquests for deaths at provincial correctional facilities.

Greg Fleet says its important to have complete transparency in the event of a prisoner death.

Public inquests not only shed light on how the individual died, Fleet said, but also present an opportunity to improve conditions so as to not repeat a similar occurrence.

Fleet is surprised that the government did not reach out to community organizations like his to establish a collaborative approach to any changes.

Nothing has been said about what criteria will be used to determine when an inquest will be held, and even if an inmate dies from natural causes, Fleet said, the public and family still need to know the details.

That information might also be an advantage to the prison system as well so as to possible improve health services if needed, said Fleet.

As we approach Restorative Justice Week Nov. 20th to Nov 25th, the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan wants to ensure that the principles of Effective, Just and Humane treatment prevails and that should include all citizens he said.

Further to this said Fleet, the real goal for all citizens is to become involved in creating healthier, safer communities.

This can only be done by working towards meaningful, satisfying and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication and truth he said.