Changes recommended in Ontario ombudsman's report on jail brutality

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TORONTO - Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin on Tuesday released a report on brutality by guards against inmates in the province's jails. Among his 45 recommendations to the provincial government:

— Make clear enforcing or obeying the guards' code of silence is a disciplinary offence.

— Give new recruits instruction on use of force.

— Forbid guards from sharing incident reports with each other or their union before sending them to management.

— Bar guards from being present when an injured inmate is questioned or photographed.

— Enhance surveillance video so guard-inmate interactions are recorded.

— Improve guard training, especially in dealing with special-needs inmates.

SOURCE: "The Code," Ontario's ombudsman report

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO

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