The outcome of the review into death of an inmate has raised concerns for NSGEU correctional staff who work at the CNSCF in Burnside.
“One thing has to be made absolutely clear, Correctional Officers are not to blame for ‘missed rounds’ the night of Mr. Evans’ death” says MacLean.
“Our members have been contacting my office,” says Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). “They are hearing through the media and seeing in the Department of Justice’s own release that staff missed their rounds that evening and are implicated in some way because of this.”
“If proper staffing levels weren’t maintained to meet “policy and procedure”, who’s fault is that?” asked MacLean. “Our members can’t be in two places at once and the NSGEU has been raising staffing levels issues for a long time.” says MacLean.
“Correctional Facilities should not be warehouses for people with mental illnesses or developmental issues,” says MacLean. “What cannot and should not be lost is all of this is that there is grieving family who has lost a son. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Evan’s friends and family.”
Source : Media Release