Are Prisons the New Asylums? Inmates with Mental Health Issues and the Role of Segregation
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John’s
Prison populations worldwide are increasing, including in Canada, and the profile of prisoners is changing, with an increasing presence of inmates with mental illnesses. In this province, prison administrators, not health administrators, are responsible for providing mental health services inside correctional facilities, which presents its own challenges.
Dr. Colleen Hanrahan offered an overview of the implications for prisoners and correctional facilities, and the emerging trend for the healthcare system to assume responsibility for health services in prisons.
Mr. Howard Sapers reviewed the use of segregation in Ontario Correctional facilities as the Independent Advisor to the Government of Ontario on Corrections Reform. He discussed his findings and the recommendations to address screening, treatment and alternatives to segregation for those with mental health challenges in a correctional setting.
Please note that due to a technical problem, about 5 minutes are missing from Mr. Sapers' portion of the video. All of his slides are available below.
Presented by the Harris Centre and the Institute for Public Administration of Canada.