We are outraged in the wake of major COVID-19 outbreaks at Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) and Joyceville Institution in Kingston. Despite the calls to reduce the prison population, the Ministry has been ignoring public health measures and resumed increasing the prison population while still in the midst of the pandemic, putting prisoners’ lives at risk.
We now know that there are 54 new active COVID-19 cases at the Toronto South Detention Centre and 80 new active COVID-19 cases at Joyceville Institution. At both of these institutions, prisoners have signalled that there are many more cases than are being reported.
On Monday, December 21, we will be gathering with former prisoners, people with loved ones inside and frontline workers to shed light on the conditions inside during the pandemic.
Facebook Event Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/838279347021151
Stay tuned for the live-streamed press conference and details on how you can take action. The live stream will be held on our Youtube page.
In this moment of crisis, we need everyone’s support. We will be organizing a Digital Day of Action to ensure that prisoners are seen and protected at this time. We will not continue to be ignored Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services Canada.