“We need to take action immediately. …We need to listen to front-line staff and make sure they have the services and supports we need.” – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
Posted September 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario – NDP MPP Wayne Gates spoke out today against increasing violence in the Niagara Jail system.
“I want to rise today and talk about a serious health and safety issue happening here in Ontario – and it’s about the health and safety of our corrections officers. These women and men carry out an incredibly stressful and difficult job on a daily basis. But the consistent underfunding of our corrections system is putting them in danger,” said Gates.
“In Niagara we have a jail that is busting at the seams on the weekends – I’ve seen it myself. People in that jail don’t get to go outside, there’s 35 of them in a dorm meant for 28 and sometimes they’re being held in rooms without washrooms.”
“You know what happens next? These people act out. Violence happens and guards get hurt. Recently a front-line officer was attacked with a broom handle – he needed 8 staples in his head to close the wound.”
Gates has written the Minister regarding the violence in the past. The latest victim was a resident from Niagara Falls who is recuperating with his family.
“We need to take action immediately. We need to ensure our jails have proper funding so people going there on weekends aren’t forced into crammed conditions with violent offenders. We need to listen to front-line staff and make sure they have the services and supports we need.”
“No worker in the province of Ontario should have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be safe when they come home. That’s our responsibility and it’s time this Government acts to make that a reality.”
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