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New government data sheds light on segregation, individuals with mental health conditions [2018-09-06]

New information from the provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) indicates that the majority of individuals in segregation during a particular snapshot in time live with a mental health issue.

The information, released on Aug. 30, 2018, identified all individuals who were in segregation on June 5, 2018 at six provincial correctional institutions. Nearly 220 of the 248 segregated individuals – or 88 percent – were identified as having possible mental health conditions, being at risk of self-harming or demonstrating suicidal behaviour.

Of the nearly 220 people, nearly 20 percent had been segregated for less than five days, nearly 50 percent had been segregated between five to 29 days and 35 percent had been segregated for 30 days or more.

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Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, 2018-09-06