Government Taken To Court Over ‘Cruel’ Treatment Of Prisoners During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Human rights groups are challenging the federal government in court over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada’s prisons, claiming it has failed to protect vulnerable inmates, violating their constitutional rights. An application was filed at federal court on Tuesday by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Canadian Prison Law Association, HIV and Aids Legal Clinic Ontario and HIV Legal Network, as well as Sean Johnston, an inmate at Warkworth penitentiary near Peterborough, Ont. — the same day Correctional Service Canada (CSC) reported that 333 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in institutions across the country. Two other inmates have died of COVID-19.