The laws governing Nunavut’s correctional services may be non-compliant with the Charter of Rights, says a report highlighting the “appalling” state of a prison housing mainly Inuit inmates in the northern territory.
The report was written by two lawyers at the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator. It warns the state of disrepair and overcrowding at Baffin Correctional Centre are “nothing short of appalling.”
Cells are covered in mold, the report says. Inmates are forced to share permanently stained underwear, and some have to sleep on mattresses on concrete floors, due to a lack of beds. Security is poor, and holes in exterior walls have been used to smuggle drugs into the facility, according to the report.