Canada Edmonton Remand Centre inmates stage hunger strike

14:51  09 january  2018
14:51  09 january  2018 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre are on a hunger strike , protesting what they say is brutality at the hands of guards. 19 inmates were still refusing to eat as of Monday afternoon.

All inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre voluntarily took their evening meals Wednesday, seemingly bringing to an end a four-day-old hunger strike launched to protest time spent in cells. “Ongoing communication between centre staff and the inmates has resulted in all inmates accepting

Inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre were on a hunger strike Monday because they want to spend less time in their cells and more time in the common area of their unit, officials say.

About 55 inmates refused to eat their provided meals Sunday, Dan Laville, spokesman for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, said in a statement Monday.

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A man who went four days without eating as part of a hunger strike by inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre says the government is not holding up its end of the bargain. Timothy Crowe was one of 19 inmates in Pod 2B who stopped eating to protest conditions at the provincial jail

Inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre say they are protesting violence by guards at the institution. (CBC). Alberta Justice is defending the segregation of inmates on a hunger strike at the Edmonton Remand Centre .

Alberta Health Services staff were monitoring the inmates’ physical condition, the statement said.

“The safety of staff, inmates and visitors is paramount in all our correctional centres,” Laville said.

Tensions between guards and inmates have been high over the past few months, with officials imposing a nearly 12-hour lockdown Dec. 15  after “serious assaults on correctional officers.”

One of the resolutions reached to end the lockdown including letting inmates in common areas on a rotating basis only.

The remand centre provides three meals a day on business days — breakfast, lunch and supper. It serves two meals — brunch and supper — on other days.

“No more than three ‘brunch’ days are permitted in a row and in the event of a four-day weekend, the centre director will provide meal direction (e.g., directing that one of the four days has breakfast, lunch and supper),” Louise McEachern, a spokeswoman for the Justice and Solicitor General Department, said in an email last week.

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The hunger strike at the Edmonton Remand Centre is now over, but a social justice advocate would like to hear from inmates about what happened. There were 55 inmates refusing to eat on Jan. 7, according to government officials.

Earlier this month, inmates staged a hunger strike to protest their treatment at the Edmonton Remand Centre . Inmates want more books, educational courses. A few weeks after the hunger strike , tensions remain high at the centre , said inmate Luqman Osman.

However, the inmates get snacks twice per day on business and non-business days, she said. These include a peanut butter and jam sandwich served on the food trays at lunch/brunch and supper meal periods.

Court meals are provided for those scheduled to be transported to court before normal breakfast time, she added.

“Meals and portions are approved by a registered dietician and follow the Canada Food Guide to healthy eating with additional items that are required to satisfy the need for variety,” she said. “Meal substitutions are provided to inmates who require a diet that meets their religious or medical dietary restrictions.”

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