To Masai/Fred, the gentleman at Union who promotes prison libraries

September, 2011
A coroner’s jury ruled that Randy Drysdale died as a result of homicide by at least two inmates at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) in London, Ontario. [1]

2013 Halloween
Adam Kargus was murdered by inmates A.M. George with B.S. Mielke and D.C. Cake. That led to the charges of two correctional officers and a supervisor, L. Lonsbary, G. Langford and S. Jurkus, with failure to provide life necessities.

September 3rd, 2014
In addition to the aforementioned members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), three more employees were let go from their EMDC positions. Since OPSEU went on strike for health and safety reasons in response, EMDC was locked down except for meals, medicine and court transfers.

Currently, lawyer Kevin Egan is filing a class-action lawsuit against the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for their negligence leading to the violence at the EMDC. [2] According to the London Free Press, the 450-capacity EMDC was originally built to house 150 inmates. [3] The January and September lockdown were but a tip of the iceberg. [5] To date, at least 400 of the estimated 40,000 inmates involved from 2010 to 2013 have submitted their case to Egan. [2] This certification application will be heard in February, 2015. [4]

Background information
In the 9 detention centres in Ontario, 4843 inmates are either serving less than two months, waiting for trial, sentencing, or transfer to a correctional facility. [6] Men represent over 90% of this inmate population. [7]

 

Authored by Roni
Men’s Issues Awareness (MIA) at Guelph 2012 – present
Men’s Health research                                  2013

 

 

 

 

[1] Carruthers D & Richmond R (2011, September 15). Inquest rules death homicide, slams conditions at EMDC. The London Free Press.

[2] OPSEU, Province reach deal over EMDC (2014, September 9). CHEX Television.

[3] Richmond R (2014, January 9). London lawyer Kevin Egan hopes new Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre citizens advisory board can get to truth. The London Free Press.

[4] Brennan RJ (2014, September 22). Lawsuit targets ‘unbelievable’ violence at London jail. The Star.

[5]

Paperny AM (2014, September 8). Ontario’s short-staffed jails face chronic lockdowns, staff, inmates say. Global News.

Campbell W (2013, July 28). Ontario jails holding more inmates than designed for. The Canadian Press.

Brennan RJ (2014, September 22). Lawsuit targets ‘unbelievable’ violence at London jail. The Star.

[6] List of Detention Centres for adult offenders in terms of Correctional Facilities (Last modified on October 3, 2014). Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

[7] Robinson et al., Reed & Roberts, Cong and AuCoin (1998, 1999, 2008). As cited in Profile of provincially sentenced women in Ontario. Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario.