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Inuit detainees face ‘deplorable’ jail conditions

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Luis Millan

Nearly three years after the president of the Quebec legal society warned the provincial government about appalling conditions faced by Inuit inmates, the province’s ombudsman upbraided the government for turning a blind eye to the daily violation of basic human rights, unacceptable detention conditions and systemic shortcomings in the administration of justice in Nunavik.

Unsanitary and overcrowded holding cells, nauseating odours, soiled bedding, inaccessible showers, sanitation facilities that fail to provide detainees with privacy and prisoners having to eat their meals on the floor are among...