Prison vi­o­lence cre­ates grow­ing le­gal bur­den

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Canada’s prison ser­vice faced 1,200 le­gal ac­tions at the end of last March — a fig­ure the fed­eral prison om­buds­man says is enough to keep an en­tire law firm busy. “It’s an aw­ful lot . ... They are pay­ing about $10 mil­lion in le­gal fees, which is quite high. It’s equiv­a­lent to a small to medium-sized law firm,” said Ivan Zinger, the cor­rec­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tor of Canada. The fig­ures, re­leased by Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada to The Cana­dian Press, are a sign that the ris­ing vi­o­lence that Zinger doc­u­mented be­tween 2005 and last year — such as deaths, in­mate-on-in­mate as­saults, and guards’ use of pep­per spray — need to be fur­ther ad­dressed, he said.

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