A proposed class-action lawsuit recently filed in Nova Scotia could see some former inmates seeking compensation for a prison practice that’s been performed on federal prisoners for years, but which will soon be illegal in Canada.
The practice is called “dry celling.” It is a type of confinement that critics have described as more restrictive and less regulated than solitary confinement. Dry cells are used when guards suspect an inmate of having swallowed contraband or hidden it in a body cavity.
“It was humiliating. It was degrading,” said Macquel Weatherbee, one of the lead plaintiffs in the suit filed Wednesday, about her experience.
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