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‘Nobody’s listening’: Almost a year later, feds yet to respond to Ashley Smith inquest


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WATCH: A coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith found serious flaws in the handling of inmates with mental illness. The federal government has just days to respond to recommendations, but Smith’s mother fears she will be let down again. Jacques Bourbeau reports.

OTTAWA – When Coralee Smith hears about inmates in segregation at Canada’s prisons, she thinks about her daughter choking to death on the floor.

It has been more than seven years since 19-year-old Ashley Smith strangled herself in prison, triggering a 2013 Ontario coroner’s inquest that ruled her death a homicide.

The federal government has yet to respond to the inquest’s 104 recommendations into her death, and a promised pilot project to treat mentally ill offenders only has space for two women.

“I feel like nobody’s listening still today, because things haven’t really changed,” Smith said in Ottawa on Wednesday.

“I just feel kind of let down…

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