Why people are dying in Ontario jails and what we need to do about it: Howard Sapers

Posted
October 4, 2017

After more than a year of investigation, Ontario's independent adviser on corrections reform has concluded that major changes inside provincial jails are desperately needed.

Howard Sapers, who began working on his review in November 2016, unveiled his final report Tuesday morning. It delivered 62 recommendations including calling for limits on strip searches, a better complaints process for inmates and more family visits and supports for people in jail.

It also calls on the province to better track and investigate deaths in custody. More than 150 people have died in Ontario jails over the past decade.

The CBC's Conrad Collaco spoke with Sapers Wednesday morning. Here's an edited and abridged transcript of that conversation. You can listen to the full interview in the player at the top of this page.

Read more and listen to the interview: Why people are dying in Ontario jails and what we need to do about it: Howard Sapers