Prison watchdog investigating a complaint of guards not wearing masks

8 January 2021
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8 January 2021, Comments: 0

Correctional officers in the Saskatchewan Penitentiary are being accused by inmates of not wearing masks or gloves while working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a prisoner advocate who operates Beyond Prison Walls Canada, no masks and gloves are worn.

The office confirmed to Nation to Nation that it is investigating the complaints and stated nearly a third of the 435 complaints it received since March 16 are related to COVID-19.

The medium-security section of the institution has been following the same lock-down schedule for about three weeks according to what inmates share.

According to a prisoner advocate who operates Beyond Prison Walls Canada, no masks and gloves are worn.

The federal institution, located in Prince Albert 140 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon, has room for 176 maximum, 457 medium, and 176 minimum-security prisoners according to the Correctional Service of Canada website.

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