Group protests after 4 prisoners die in the last year in Winnipeg Remand Centre custody

A group protests at the Winnipeg Remand Centre Wednesday after four inmates died while in custody in the past year. Mike Arsenault / Global News

WINNIPEG — A group gathered at the Winnipeg Remand Centre to protest the deaths of four inmates. Protesters said all four died in the past year,¬†two in the spring and two in the last two weeks.

Holly Hall died on March 17, Errol Greene on May 1 after an epileptic seizure, and another two unidentified inmates in the last two weeks. One of them died from a “medical emergency” following a struggle.

The group gathered Wednesday afternoon with banners and signs saying “Justice for Errol Greene” and “Stop Murdering Prisoners”.

Mike Arsenault / Global News
Mike Arsenault / Global News

The group is demanding answers while the union representing correctional officers is urging the province to close its investigation.

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In a statement MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky said, “The Province needs to clear the air by bringing the investigations of these recent deaths to a conclusion.”

The MGEU has also asked all Manitobans to “reserve judgement” until the facts are known.

“Correctional Officers work under challenging, stressful and often dangerous conditions. They take very seriously their responsibility to ensure a safe environment for both inmates and their co-workers,” Gawronsky said.

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