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Coroner’s counsel offers 103 recommendations to Ashley Smith inquest

Ashley Smith is shown in an undated handout photo released at the inquest into her prison cell death, in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb.20, 2013. .
Ashley Smith is shown in an undated handout photo released at the inquest into her prison cell death, in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb.20, 2013. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
TORONTO – Coroner’s counsel has presented a list of more than 100 recommendations for the Ashley Smith jury to consider.

The wide-ranging suggestions include limiting segregation to 30 days, and then only as a last resort.

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The five jurors are hearing final submissions at the inquest into the death of the 19-year-old Smith, who choked herself in her segregation cell in Kitchener, Ont., in October 2007.

Other proposals include restricting transfers of mentally ill inmates, and enhanced whistleblower protection for prison staff.

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The recommendations were developed with input from most of those involved in the inquest into the teen’s prison death.

Correctional Service Canada said it would be inappropriate to take part given that it will have to respond to what the jury comes up with.

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