Dec 12, 2023
By Bob Komsic
Soleiman Faqiri was killed during his time at the jail in Lindsay seven-years ago and the jury in the coroner’s inquest into the 30-year-old mentally challenged man’s death recommends the province increase oversight of the correctional system.
Among them that Ontario create an independent ”inspectorate” for corrections or watchdog, who would have authority to launch its own investigations into individual and systemic issues involving correctional and detention centres, and would report its findings annually.
That was one of the jury’s 57 recommendations focusing on the delivery of health-care; particularly mental health services, staff and management training, use-of-force practices, among others issues.
Faqiri was arrested in December 2016 for allegedly stabbing a neighbour during a mental health crisis.
He died that same month at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay after a violent struggle with correctional officers as they were taking him from the shower back to his segregation cell.
While many correctional and medical staff voiced concerns about Faqiri, he did not see a psychiatrist nor was he ever taken to hospital.