Inmate in segregation at Kent Prison injures deputy warden and guard with punches to face

Except from mainstream swine:

The deputy warden and a correctional officer at Kent Institution in Agassiz are recovering after an inmate locked up in the segregation unit punched them in the face.

The officer was rushed to hospital on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. after the inmate came out of his cell and sucker-punched him at the maximum-security federal prison in the Fraser Valley.

“They were very concerned about him because he hit his head on the wall and floor,” said Gord Robertson, the Pacific Regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

It is unclear when the officer will be healthy enough to return to work.

Kent’s deputy warden, Mark Noon-Ward, was also punched by the inmate. After the initial assault, Noon-Ward went in to talk to staff and while the inmate was being escorted away from the scene he then punched Noon-Ward in the face.

He was treated for a facial injury and had a black eye from the punch. Another correctional officer, who had a glove on, was bitten in the hand by the inmate.

Robertson said it is still unclear what triggered the assault on the employees at Kent. The inmate is serving a two-year sentence for assaulting a peace officer.”

Unclear? You put a human being in segregation. Fuck you!

What Is Segregation?

From: Segregation at Kent Maximum Security – The ‘Cadillac’ of Canadian Penitentiaries

“H unit consists of twenty-four cells which are the same size as all others in the institution, being ten feet long, eight feet high, and six feet wide; in each cell a solid door contains a small window that looks out on the corridor and a window on the outside wall that lets in natural light. The cells, which originally had no furnishings in them, have each been equipped with the same steel bedframe, sink-toilet combination, and table-chair combination introduced into the penthouse at the British Columbia Penitentiary after the McCann case. These furnishings were transferred to Kent when the British Columbia Penitentiary was closed. A prisoner who has spent a substantial amount of time in H unit has proved this description of the regime.

In this place people are virtually buried alive in concrete tombs for periods of up to 231/2 hours daily. The exercise area itself is only about 20 x 30 feet encircled by cement and bars with wire fencing covering the roof. At no time are more than three prisoners allowed to exercise together, and the exercise they do get only consists of a brisk walk back and forth.

Prisoners in H Unit are not allowed open visits with their families. All they receive are brief telephone visits, where the visitor is on one side of a glass parti- tion and the prisoner is on the other side. Even though the prisoners are skin- frisked both before and after the visits, they are still refused human contact with their loved ones. Unlike the main population, the prisoners in H Unit are not allowed to watch any television or see a movie. The availability of a newspaper is restricted. The only library that exists is a small box of books that is made up of spy stories and westerns, which are exchanged weekly by the guards. Treated differently than the main prison population, the prisoners of H Unit do not have easy access to a telephone for outside calls. Where prisoners in the popultion are allowed to phone both family and lawyers, prisoners in H Unit can only occasion- ally telephone their lawyers. That is, if their request forms are not lost or mis- placed as the case has been. Prisoners placed in H Unit receive little or no funds to purchase the items they require for basic survival. They are classified as unproductive and receive the lowest scale of pay within the prison. Thus writing paper, envelopes and communication with the outside world is a major concern. People in the H Unit are not allowed a pen. They are supplied a three-inch-long pencil for their written communication which must be returned to the guards after its use. Sanitary arrangements for prisoners in the H Unit are completely inadequate. They are only allowed two showers per week and are restricted to only one set of clothes and bedding that are exchanged weekly. Also, disinfectant is not allowed inside the cells, nor is there even a mirror inside the cell area. Most everything required for appearance and grooming is dependent upon a guard bringing it to you for brief periods of time once a day. The only time a prisoner gets to clear his cell is a ten-minute period, usually each morning. There is no educational programme or instruction for prisoners in the H Unit. Where the general population, as a whole, have access to this type of programme, the prisoners entombed in H Unit do not. Nor are there any hobbies allowed to H Unit prisoners to help with the idleness and boredom. Unlike other segregation areas in Canada that allow prison population committees access to the segregation area to hear fellow prisoner complaints, grievances and concerns, the administration in Kent will not allow this; all they will allow is written censored communication between the dissociation inmates and the prison inmate committee. Contrary to other penitentiaries that have segregation units, Kent Penitentiary houses both prisoners on disciplinary punishment and dissociation inmates not on punishment together in the same unit. The consequences of this [are] that the Kent staff treat all inmates in the H Unit as if they were being punished due to a breach of the rules and regulations …In the B.C. Penitentiary, that type of confinement was ruled to be cruel and unusual punishment contrary to the Canadian Bill of Rights. It’s shocking to see a new prison like Kent carry on the bad practices that made the B.C.”

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