Prison protest com­ing to Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

Ad­vo­cates will gather Oct. 5 to de­mand change to prov­ince’s jus­tice sys­tem

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY DAVID MAHR

When Saman­tha Piercey died at the women’s prison in Clarenville, fam­ily friend Pa­tri­cia Day felt she had to do some­thing.

Day says she is good friends with Piercy’s mother, Lisa Piercey, who has un­der­stand­ably been go­ing through a hard time since her daugh­ter’s death ear­lier this year.

“Any­body would be, los­ing a child, but the way her daugh­ter died makes it even worse,” said Day.

Saman­tha Piercey, 28, died on May 26 while in cus­tody, await­ing trial. She left be­hind two young chil­dren.

The con­ver­sa­tion sur­round­ing the state of the prov­ince’s pris­ons is com­ing to the steps of

Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing in St. John’s, the Richard Squires Build­ing in Cor­ner Brook and the Friend­ship Cen­tre in Happy Val­ley Goose Bay.

Speak­ers sched­uled so far in­clude lawyer and ad­vo­cate Mark Gruchy, NDP Leader Gerry Rogers and Sen­a­tor Kim Pate.

“We’re hop­ing this rally will bring a lot of this out in the pub­lic. It’s the only thing that seems to work. Gov­ern­ment doesn’t seem to pay at­ten­tion to let­ters,” said Day.

Day says she’s not sure if she’s go­ing to in­vite Jus­tice Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons to speak at the rally.

“I’ve con­sid­ered ask­ing him to speak, but I’m not sure if that’s a good idea,” she said.

“We get the same old thing, the same speeches he gives on

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