No One Seems to Care About Prison Reform In Canada, by Sheena Goodyear (Vice)

No One Seems to Care About Prison Reform In Canada, by Sheena Goodyear (Vice)

Troubled teenager Ashley Smith choked herself to death in 2007 with pieces of a bedsheet in a prison segregation cell, while her guards — ordered not to intervene so long as she was still breathing — watched and videotaped.

A coroner’s jury deemed the 19-year-old’s death a homicide. Originally locked away for minor offenses, the girl was moved from institution to institution, spending a total of two full years in solitary confinement leading up to her grisly death.

A year later, Canada’s Conservative-led government rejected the jury’s key recommendation that indefinite solitary confinement — a practice so destructive to the human psyche that almost half of prison suicides happen there — be banned.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Canada’s prison problems.

No One Seems to Care About Prison Reform