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Soleiman Faqiri, 30, who had schizophrenia, died after being forcibly held face down in his cell by six guards at Lindsay Prison in 2016.

Jury suggests hospitalizing all inmates in crisis

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This is not the first time that the East Central Correctional Center in Lindsay has been subject to of a coroner's inquest in Ontario for use of force. (Archive photo)

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In Toronto, the jury at the coroner's inquest into the death of Soleiman Faqiri is proposing that the province take immediate steps to hospitalize any inmate in crisis, to ensure they receive timely care. appropriate mental health in a safe environment. The jury further confirms that his death was indeed a homicide and not an accident.

Jurors delivered 57 recommendations to the Solicitor General's Departments on Tuesday , Health and the Attorney General of Ontario to prevent other detainees, like Soleiman Faqiri, from dying in custody without proper psychiatric care.

The jury reiterates the ministry's truism that it is essential to recognize that prisons are not healthy environments for individuals who are struggling with mental health problems.

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Soleiman Faqiri had been arrested for allegedly stabbing a neighbor and was waiting to appear in court for his bail hearing before he died in custody. (File photo)

Failing to find them a place in a community or psychiatric hospital, the jury suggests that inmates suffering from mental illnesses in Ontario should have access to the same quality care as citizens in society.

Here are some of her recommendations divided into different categories.

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Surveillance video shows correctional officers moving Soleiman Faqiri in a wheelchair from his cell to a segregation unit on the day he died on December 15, 2016. (File photo)

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Soleiman Faqiri was placed in solitary confinement upon his arrival at Lindsay prison on December 5, 2016, in because of his mental health. (Archive photo)

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When a court orders the psychiatric evaluation of an accused, the judicial administration should ensure, according to the jury, that such an evaluation is carried out within 24 hours of his appearance to avoid making him spend a single day waiting. in prison. (Archive photo)

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The jury believes mental health training should be evidence-based and delivered by experts and should include the participation of people with lived experience. (Archive photo)

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