Saskatchewan‘s Ministry of Corrections and Policing is working to offer masks to all offenders in provincial correctional services, a spokesperson advised CBC Information.
Offenders is likely to be required to put on a masks relying on their unit, whether or not they’re exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or if they’re being transported, the spokesperson stated in an e-mail.
Tyler Figley, a 36-year-old inmate at Regina Correctional Centre, stated there are at the moment no methods of buying a masks and that the jail solely provides masks for workers members..
“There’s containers of [masks] within the workplace for the employees members. Fairly just a few individuals have tried to say, ‘Can I’ve a type of?’ And the reply is all the time, ‘No, you are not allowed these,'” Figley stated through phone.
Figley works within the kitchen. He stated there are masks accessible for the jail’s kitchen staff as properly, however these too will not be for inmates.
“One of many guys really managed to get a masks from one of many kitchen employees and it was taken away by one of many corrections officers,” Figley stated.
Inmates frightened of potential outbreak
Figley stated the dearth of masks is just one of many inmates’ worries with reference to COVID-19. The highest concern is a possible outbreak.
There are employees members coming out and in of the Regina Correctional Centre, together with guards, nurses, kitchen employees and meals suppliers, Figley stated.
Correctional employees are imagined to have been sporting masks because the summer season, based on the ministry spokesperson, however Figley stated he is seen employees disregarding that rule and others not too long ago.
Given the cramped quarters of the jail, inmates are involved that if an worker contracts COVID-19 the virus may unfold extremely shortly amongst inmates, Figley stated.
“We’re all in concern that … if it will get in right here and spreads to us that some individuals can by no means see the sunshine of day once more,” he stated. “This could possibly be their dying days, sitting in a facility for fines or petty crimes.”
Inmates on the Regina Correctional Centre, proven above, are involved there could possibly be a COVID-19 outbreak there very simply. (Kirk Fraser/CBC)
Figley prompt that some inmates with much less severe offences, who’ve served a part of their sentence, ought to be launched from the jail below sure situations.
Figley stated he the opposite inmates in his unit have put a number of inquiries to jail employees:
Is there any plan or dialogue relating to a launch program? Is or will there be any laws relating to bodily distancing, and 14-day isolations for individuals getting into and exiting the power? Will masks be offered? Will any privileges, such because the leisure yard or weights, be suspended? (CBC Information Graphics)
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