Eight prison guards suspended in beating probe

Corrections Canada has suspended without pay eight correctional officers at maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary in an investigation into an alleged beating of a prisoner, Cancrime has learned. The group, all men, includes one supervisor. Internal memos from warden Jay Pyke reveal the identities of the officers who were suspended, effective October 7.

The suspensions stem from the allegation that the prison officers violently assaulted a prisoner who had arranged an attack on another prison officer at KP on October 4. The inmate ended up at a hospital in Kingston suffering from broken bones and bruises, sources tell me. In a memo to Corrections staff across the country, Commissioner Don Head warned that a “significant incident” had taken place at prison in Ontario “which has the potential to bring into disrepute the reputation of CSC and the tremendous work that staff do every day.” Cancrime obtained a copy of this memo also.

Head did not identify KP as the prison involved.

“We have commenced the necessary internal investigations in relation to this incident and the police have initiated their own investigations,” Head said in the memo. Cancrime obtained a copy of the memo. “Appropriate decisions and actions will be taken as the facts become available and substantiated over the coming days.”

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  1. Douglas Stewart Sanford CXII (Ret'd) says:

    There is need in this great country and in every country in the world which institutes laws to seperate the lawless from the law abiding which thereby create courts to do the seperations and prisons to house those serving those sentences of the court and Correctional Officers and other Correctional Staff to protect the inmates, staff and the Canadian public while those sentences are served to recognize and to elevate the knowledge of and appreciation for the work done by these intrepid individuals working is such a harsh and unforgiving environement.

    Indeed, are they not, in fact veterans of domestic war waged on Canadian soil? Without deference to our brothers and sisters in the military and giving to them first and formost all hounour and respect and appreciation due, Correctional Officers are similarly exposed to physical and sometimes deadly attack, bombing, vicious pscyhological manipulation in the front lines twenty four seven and if they are expecting a full pension they must maintain that presence for a minimum of 35 years.

    Thirty five years. No one is disaffected by that experience. If you were to examine deeply the most stoic, long serving front line officer you would find someone who is very good at cloaking their true reactions to long term exposure or they have simply bottled their true feelings up. Some folks work for one day…such is the experience of a clerk who starting in my institution who was subjected to such vial terror on her first day that she was unable to return to duty…ever.

    These officers who now stand accused will walk away from this…you cannot invite a person to work in a gallon of green paint and expect them never to be at a minimum…splattered.

    I understand that the formal course of training now includes a course on “Mental Health”.

    Back to the motto…the returning Viet Nam vet’s adopted the motto, “VIET NAM…IF YOU WEREN’T THERE…SHUT THE FUCK UP”

  2. paul pike says:

    People please read all the article and comments before adding your opinion.A few moments of thought before you comment will help to keep the level of discussion at least a few degrees higher than say the Yahoo comment section crowd. Let us not abuse such an outlet for personal expression on serious matters.

  3. Tax_Payer says:

    Who said this con was a lifer? It’s the Young Offender graduates that are creating a lot of the issues in prisons these days.

  4. Norma says:

    Time to reinstate the “Faint Hope Clause”
    It served to keep everyone safer.

  5. John says:

    Not sure if I read that correctly or not but, I’m pretty sure the article said that an Officer was assaulted. I’m also pretty sure that if an Inmate that was responsible for an ASSAULT ON AN OFFICER was being say moved to segregation which would often be the case, then became assaultive himself, the Officers would have no choice but to stop the assaultive behaviour. Maybe stopping the INMATE from making of ordering an assault would stop anyone from getting hurt all together. These Officers don’t just go around assaulting Inmates.

    It’s also been reported that 3 more assaults on staff have taken place since. Sounds like an issue with the INMATES not the guards. Where is the protection for the keepers of the kept???

  6. Mike says:

    “Why protect the identities of the suspended Corrections staff?” – Dierdre

    Umm what a ridiculous statement. Names are not released because these officers HAVE NOT been charged with anything yet. If and when they are charged you bet the names will be published. Until that time we will not or should not know the names of these prison staff.
    That being said, if in fact the allegations are proven to be true the officers involved should and will be fired. Being a CO is a tough job, and yes assaults on staff are common, but this does not give them a right to seek revenge and take matters into their own hands. If proven to be fact I also have to think what the hell these officers were thinking!!! How on Earth did they think they could cover this up? They were obviously not thinking of their job and the families they have to support. Pure idiocy on the parts of the CO. Before anyone criticizes me for saying what I have, I do know the job first hand. I am a CO and have been for 10 years.

  7. Con-Sitter says:

    The staff is not guilty yet, that is why the names have not been listed.

  8. Tax_Payer says:

    Assaults on staff happen all the time with little to no media attention or serious criminal investigations. Very little punishment is handed down to these poor criminals when they throw feces, urine or blood on officers. Punch an officer and you might get a transfer to the coveted SHU (Special Handling Unit) in Quebec where the food is better. This alleged retaliation I what I suspect is the “Straw that broke the camels back” …Untill we have higher minimum sentences for attacks on peace officers and CSC takes the attacks more serious and protects it’s officers and not their bottom lines and bonuses this stuff will continue to happen on some level

  9. con-sitter says:

    Dierdre says:
    October 12, 2011 at 10:28 am
    Why protect the identities of the suspended Corrections staff? The papers and even this blog regularly publish the names of everyone from people charged with petty drug offenses to prisoners seeking PenPals. Suspension without pay is a step CSC would not take lightly and the public deserves to know the individuals being investigated for this alleged abuse of power.

    The reason the names have not been released is because they have NOT been found guilty of anything yet.

  10. Dave says:

    Sounds like he deserved it to me.
    We sometimes forget what these people are in there for and the environment that the Officers are surrounded in daily.

  11. Dierdre says:

    Why protect the identities of the suspended Corrections staff? The papers and even this blog regularly publish the names of everyone from people charged with petty drug offenses to prisoners seeking PenPals. Suspension without pay is a step CSC would not take lightly and the public deserves to know the individuals being investigated for this alleged abuse of power.