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.”