Mentally Ill Female Prisoners Treated Cruelly, Inhumanly, Report Finds

Ashley Smith died at the age of 19 at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont. Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers says a host of “serious failures” at the institution set the stage for the troubled teen’s death.

Canada’s treatment of mentally ill female prisoners amounts to “cruel and inhuman” punishment, a new report finds.