by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville
( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is welcoming today’s recommendations from the jury in the Ashley Smith Inquest, saying they highlight the need to provide specialized treatment for female offenders who suffer from mental illness.
“The jury has made some excellent recommendations that offer a road map forward for the correctional system to prevent another tragedy like Ashley Smith’s death,” said Clark . “I was encouraged that the jury’s vision clearly supports the secure female treatment facility that I, along with other partners in Leeds-Grenville, have been championing for several years.”
Clark, who serves as the Ontario PC Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services commended jurors for their excellent work. He again reminded the provincial government that a specialized mental health treatment unit in Leeds-Grenville could help the increasing number of mentally ill female inmates in the provincial correctional system.
“We have the expertise in place at the Brockville Mental Health Centre right now to start providing the treatment these women need. I would expect the jury’s recommendations will send a clear message to Minister Meilleur that it’s time for the provincial government to get on board without further delay,” said Clark.