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Jury Examining The Death Of Soleiman Faqiri At CECC In Lindsay Finds It Was A Homicide

KAWARTHA LAKES_The jury at the inquest into the death of inmate Soleiman Faqiri at the Central East Correctional Centre has ruled it a homicide.

The findings say the cause of death was a “prone position restraint and musculocutaneous injuries sustained during struggle, exertion and pepper foam exposure in the setting of cardiomegaly and worsening symptoms of schizophrenia”.

Soleiman Faqiri died on December 15, 2016, after a physical altercation with staff at the facility. No criminal charges have been laid. The inquest began on November 20th and examined the circumstances surrounding Faqiri’s death and to make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths.

Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2023/11/20/inquest-into-the-death-of-soleiman-faqiri-at-central-east-correctional-centre-in-2016-begins-today/#:~:text=KAWARTHA%20LAKES%2DA%20mandatory%20inquest,criminal%20charges%20have%20been%20laid.

The jury made 57 recommendations.

The Government of Ontario, specifically the Ministry of the Solicitor General and, where applicable, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Attorney General, should develop and issue a public position statement within 60 days of this verdict recognizing that correctional facilities are not an appropriate environment for persons in custody experiencing significant mental health issues. They should take immediate steps to ensure that any person in custody experiencing an acute mental health crisis is admitted to hospital for assessment and, when appropriate, treatment, in a therapeutic
setting that is suitable, secure, and safe and adopt, as Provincial Policy, the principle of equivalence, which requires that persons in custody receive the equivalent quality and standard of healthcare services as is available in the community. The jury also recommends the government immediately institute a provincial implementation committee (“Implementation Committee”)dedicated to ensuring that the recommendations from this Inquest are comprehensively considered.

In terms of healthcare governance, the jury recommends the government make immediate and urgent steps to establish a Provincial Agency within the mandate of the Ministry of Health and in liaison with the Ministry of the Solicitor General to directly deliver and
oversee healthcare services in correctional facilities, including responsibility for quality
improvement, capacity-building, and system planning. The establishment of a Provincial Agency should have, at minimum, a net neutral impact on Ontario Public Service employment. Any other recommendation regarding healthcare and governance is in addition to, and not in place of, a Provincial Agency.

Correctional staff and management should also be provided with mandatory, specific, and regular training on understanding mental health issues to better equip them to manage persons in custody presenting with mental health issues. Such training should be evidence-based, approved by, and delivered by experts in mental health. The training should include the participation of persons with lived experience who are appropriately supported such that they can participate safely and effectively according to the jury.

It is recommended officials raise awareness of the mandatory bystander intervention policy that directs all correctional staff and management to intervene, which could include stopping, in a situation involving an excessive use of force and report such use of force.

The final recommendation is to seek and allocate funding and resources adequate to implement the recommendations with no negative impact on Ontario Public Service employment and resources. This funding should be sought in the 2025 provincial budget or before.

We have reached out to the family for comment but have not yet heard back.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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