Additional Info


  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies:
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada: 2008-2009 Annual Report
  • La Commission du santé mentale du Canada: Rapport annuel 2008-2009
  • Office of the Correctional Investigator Canada
  • Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence:
  • Not in the Best Interest of Women and Children: An Analysis of Bill 422: An Act to Amend the Divorce Act
  • Pas dans l’intérêt des femmes et des enfants: Analyse du projet de loi C-422, Loi modifiant la Loi sur le divorce
  • A Flawed Compass: A Human Rights Analysis of the Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety
  • Student gives hope to women in prison – Winnipeg Free Press

Ashley Smith CBC  and CBC Fifth Estate Report
How does a girl who snuck granola bars from her home to feed a homeless man, collected beach rocks and devoured the first five Harry Potter novels end up dead on the floor of a federal prison at age 19?

Since Ashley Smith strangled herself with a piece of cloth the morning of Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, in a segregation cell while seven Correctional Officers at the Kitchener Ontario Grand Valley Institution for Women – who were ordered to not intervene – watched, government reports have tried to address this question.

Please click on the following link to watch the entire The Fifth Estate program:

A follow up account into the tragic death of Ashley Smith, “Behind the Wall” by the Fifth Estate. Click on the following link to watch the program. Please note: some of the video is quite graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.

Ashley Smith Inquest

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