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Canada: More on MTC inmate stabbing.

Midland Mirror
October 13, 2004
by Janis Leering
The Mirror

Investigation under way into third super jail stabbing this year

Another inmate has been stabbed at the Central North Correctional Centre.

On Oct.9, a 21-year-old man was sent to the Huronia District Hospital after he was stabbed several times in his upper body, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

OPP Const. Greg Chinn said he was then taken to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, as a precautionary measure. The inmate was sent back to the Penetanguishene jail late Sunday night. No charges have been laid in the case.

This is the third stabbing at the jail this year. An incident in May resulted in death, and a stabbing occurred last month.

Peter Mount, communications director at the Central North Correctional Centre, said jail isn't releasing any details and is completing its own investigation.

When asked by The Mirror if the super jail is a safe place, Mount said there is no way to measure that.

"There's no qualitative measure of what's safe. Anytime any incident occurs, we take those serious, and each one is one we'd prefer not to happen," he said.

While Mount said administration has a good relationship with correctional officers, he did confirm there was a 'refusal-to-work' situation last week. "The facility did have a situation where a concern was raised, and it was addressed."

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services said he couldn't comment on the stabbing, and had no provincial statistics regarding how often a stabbing occurs in the correctional system

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