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Class-action lawsuit by former inmates of Ontario jail to proceed

A judge has certified a class-action lawsuit by former inmates of the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre over conditions at the facility.
A judge has certified a class-action lawsuit by former inmates of the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre over conditions at the facility. File Photo

LONDON, Ont. – A class-action lawsuit launched by former inmates of a London, Ont., detention centre over the conditions of the facility has been given the green light to proceed.

Superior Court Justice A. Duncan Grace has certified the lawsuit against the Ontario government, saying a class action is the “most fair, efficient and manageable method” of advancing the claim made.

The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of all people incarcerated at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre between Jan. 1, 2010 and Aug. 25, 2013.

The representative plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege the detention centre was violent and overcrowded.

In their statement of claim, they say they accept that prisons are stressful, unpleasant and difficult places to live in, but they say the Ontario government failed to ensure basic, minimum standards for humane treatment of prisoners were maintained.

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They claim their Charter rights were violated during their time in the facility.

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