Lock­down con­tin­ues at N.S. prison

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The lock­down at the Springhill In­sti­tu­tion may not end un­til later this week.

The ap­prox­i­mately 400 in­mates at the medium se­cu­rity prison were locked down fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the prison on Mon­day that oc­curred when a group of in­mates re­fused to re­turn to their cells when or­dered.

“They’re still in lock­down and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing,” as­sis­tant warden Shan­non Oickle said.

One in­mate was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

He was sent to hospi­tal for treat­ment and later brought back to the in­sti­tu­tion.

“We are in sit­u­a­tion where we have to man­age in­ci­dents at some points and our staff are trained to do that. It was cer­tainly a sit­u­a­tion that re­sulted in a lot of in­ter­ven­tion by staff and good work was done,” Oickle said.

Dur­ing a lock­down, in­mates are re­stricted to their cells and their food and med­i­ca­tion is taken to them.

All vis­its and pro­grams are also sus­pended while the prison is in lock­down.

Olivia Tynes, the re­gional vice-pres­i­dent of the UCCOSACC that rep­re­sents cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers, said she can­not com­ment specif­i­cally on what took place in Springhill.

She said the union will be con­duct­ing its own in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We do have con­cerns of what’s go­ing on in Springhill and have been dis­cussing things at the labour-man­age­ment ta­ble,” she said.

“The sit­u­a­tion in Springhill yes­ter­day was very se­ri­ous and could’ve been a lot worse.”

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