Segregation Takes a Grim Toll on Prisoners – The Senate of Canada – 2018-02-26

Grey light played on the tiled floor of the segregation unit at the Grand Valley Institution for Women on Friday, February 9, 2018.

There were no women in the cramped cells that day, just a red ant trap — the only splash of vivid colour — lying under the door to the suicide watch cell.

Members of the Senate Committee on Human Rights inspected the range during a fact-finding mission to the Grand Valley women’s prison in Kitchener, Ont. and to the Keele Community Correctional Centre in Toronto.

The mission formed part of the committee’s study on the human rights of prisoners — a study that has already taken them inside some of the country’s most infamous prisons.

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The Senate of Canada
February 26, 2018