One of the recommendation’s from Saskatchewan’s Ombudsman in her report released Thursday is that corrections officials need to do better at video documentation.
Mary McFadyen says correctional centres need to accurately record and properly retain video footage of incidents.
In two cases this year, her office couldn’t fully investigate because the video wasn’t available or was incomplete.
One investigation was a complaint from a woman at the White Birch Remand Centre in Regina who was restrained for 5 hours, something that had been approved for youths in custody, but not for adults.
McFadyen says the restraint wasn’t authorized and the way it was used was unreasonable.
She has recommended that Corrections give the woman a written apology and draft a policy to ensure that basic human dignity is preserved, including reasonable time limits for use of the restraint and proper video and audio recording of its use.