Take a rare look inside the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

Take a rare look inside the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

The Ottawa Carleton-Detention Centre is making steps to improve the living conditions and overcrowding problems plaguing its facility, a new report says.

On Thursday, after media were granted a rare tour inside the jail, a 13-person task force comprised of ministry staff, union and community leaders, released its first quarterly Ottawa jail progress report. 

According to the task force, OCDC has completed 11 of the 42 recommendations made in June.

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Some critics, however, believe the recommendations and subsequent changes do not address the underlying problems facing Ontario’s corrections system.

Criminal Defence Attorney Michael Spratt says the changes represent an attempt by the government to fix a public relations problem.

“It’s not enough. That’s the short answer,” Spratt says. “A fresh coat of paint  and ending some of the most egregious behaviours like housing people in a shower isn’t enough to fix a problem system. There needs to be change from the top, from the political forces who are in charge of the institutions.”

Read Annie Bergeron-Oliver’s full article: CTV News