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Ashley Smith coroner's jury visit prison cell where teen died
5 women jurors toured Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont.


CBC News


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Jan 17, 2013 10:29 AM ET




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A coroner's jury in Toronto that is probing the case of teenager
Ashley Smith visited the small prison cell in the southern Ontario
facility where she died five years ago.
The five-woman panel on Thursday toured the federal Grand Valley
Institution for Women in Kitchener, where the 19-year-old choked to
death after tying a piece of cloth around her neck, to get a first-hand
look at where she spent her final days.
Jurors asked officials many questions about her cell — a
beige-painted cell measuring 1.5 metres wide by three metres long — in
the prison's segregation unit, such as how often it was cleaned, the
CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis reported from Kitchener.
The CBC and The Canadian Press are accompanying the inquest panel on
their tour as pool media representatives, gathering information for all
media outlets.
The panel requested that guards shut the door, with them inside, to
get an idea of what it was like for Smith, Roumeliotis added.
Ashley Smith choked to death in her cell at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont., on Oct. 19, 2007. (Marnie Luke/CBC)


"It's clear that these jurors are taking their task really
seriously," she said. "They really do want to get a real sense of what
Ashley Smith's time in prison was like."
Inside the cell was a single bed with a rolled-up pad that serves as a
mattress. There were a sink and a toilet behind a privacy screen,
Roumeliotis reported. The cell also had a single window, which was
equipped with a camera, she said.
Jurors also took time to peer through the knee-level food slot in the
cell door. Smith often lay at the foot of the door, and most of the
time, looking through the slot was the only way guards could get a good
look at her, Roumeliotis added. There was also a small viewing window at
about eye level.
Evidence about what guards could see of the cell interior is expected
to play a role given that Smith frequently covered the interior
surveillance camera and viewing window with toilet paper, The Canadian
Press reported.
Bits of toilet paper are still visible on some of the cameras.


After examining Smith's cell, the jurors and media toured the
maximum-security area, Roumeliotis reported, although the troubled teen
spent little time there.2nd inquest attemptSmith spent years being shuttled back and forth between the country's prisons and was in isolation much of the time.


She died on Oct. 19, 2007, after she tied a ligature around her neck,
as prison guards stood outside her cell and watched. They say they were
told not to intervene. Guards also videotaped her death, footage of
which will be shown to jurors at a later date.
The inquest began Monday, with coroner Dr. John Carlisle calling it the "best memorial to we could give to Ashley."

Ashley
Smith, shown surrounded by guards at a prison at Joliette, Que. in July
2007, in this image made from video. Smith spent years being shuttled
back and forth among the country's prisons before her death in October
2007. (Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario/Canadian Press)"We
cannot now reverse the course of history as it unfolded, but we can
learn from the circumstances of this death, and try … to implement
measures to prevent future tragedies," he said Monday in his opening
remarks.
This is the second inquest into Smith's death, after the first
attempt went off the rails amid acrimonious legal squabbling. That
inquest was scrapped after the first presiding coroner retired.
Carlisle has said he wants the impact of prolonged segregation on
Smith's mental health explored. Smith suffered from an anti-social
personality disorder with borderline traits, psychiatrist Paul Beaudry wrote in a 2010 report.Family hopes for changeSmith's
family says it hopes the inquest will answer lingering questions about
the teenager's death, and lead to tangible changes in the system.The
mother of Ashley Smith, Coralee Smith, says she hopes the second
inquest into her daughter's death will lead to changes to the
correctional system. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)"We
still have Ashleys, we still have Ashleys being treated in the same
tortuous, horrendous ways that Ashley was treated," her mother, Coralee
Smith, told CBC News.
"The money they're using, the money that's being spent keeping people
in prison, could be much better directed … at mental health services
way before they get to the courtroom, way before."
Smith's family, however, have not been able to attend inquest
hearings due to Coralee's frail health, their lawyer Julian Falconer
said.

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  • i hate those heart beats addon sound, is annoying as fuck

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  • The whole situation of being in jail for 5 years and solitary confinement for 1 year as a 19 year old mental patient is truly sad story in it self.

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  • I normally don't hate on the law, but these prison guards are really fucking dumb.

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    • @sniperfox99 I'm with you. Though they spoke to her like they didn't believe they were tight enough to do that.

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    • @sniperfox99 i would myself really like to see the documentation on this prisoner being as they obviously had reason to stay out of the cell because the girl suffered from a mental illness and people with mental illness.s are or can be dangerous people but to actually see the person struggling to breathe whilst they stood and watched kind of reminded me of the exucution days its just not right...especcially also asking if she wanted help when the dumbfucks allready know she has tied somethin aro More..

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    • @sniperfox99
      Totally.
      Either they prevent the inmate from doing things like that or they get in and stop her/him after a few seconds with a purple face...
      These stupid guards acted like they were afraid of going into the cell, in 4 and armed.

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    • @bigs31uk No.. just read the wikipedia entry.. Clearly she was destroyed by people who circumvented rules. And she was placed in correctional facilities as a 14 year old after doing something insignificant (throwing apples at the mailman) -- a 1 month sentence became 4 years -- she was put into SOLITARY CONFINEMENT the day she was admitted. She was in isolation the entire 4 years. This is the sad state of mental health.

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  • This video really hurt me because I lost my brother to suicide. I know all too well the devastation caused to surviving family members. His death destroyed my life. It was 11 years ago and I am just now getting back to normal

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    • @rattenkrieg im sorry you lost your brother and have struggled for so long. I hope healing continues for you.

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    • @luldayze Thank you very much!! Most of the year I'm fine except around the time of the anniversary date 18/11/01. I went to his house to get the gun from him and I forgot. He kept me sidetracked. I have to live with the guilt even though I know in my heart it wasn't my fault. My mind says otherwise. However healing continues as the years go by.

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    • @rattenkrieg It's definitely not your fault man, you can never ever fully understand what goes on in one's head, and that's regardless of how close they are to you. Just try to focus on your life and appreciate the time you have, take and give love as much as you can.

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    • @rattenkrieg it wasnt your fault. You, im sure realize he would have done it regardless. That saying, doesnt make it hurt any less.
      One day when the hurt starts to fade, the anniversaries will be taken over with more fond memories. That all takes time but you will get there.

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  • I like how they respected her freedom of choice. voted

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  • "Only in America"

    Oh wait

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  • Now that it's out in the public eye, I hope you're reading the comments. Ashley was YOUR daughter, and it was YOUR responsibility to have her committed. You didn't, so she landed in prison.

    Chances are she would have killed herself whether in jail, in a mental hospital, or free. No changes to the justice system are needed. Now shut up and get on with your life.

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    • @livewire242
      You are absolutely correct. The mental health act is what needs changing. People forget that the guards were instructed not to interfere. If they did, they would have been in contravenation of the MHA. She obviously was mentally ill with a history of violence. She needed help that only a committed person can get. Very sad case indeed.

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    • @kingsnake11 Can you explain in a little more detail what the MHA is and how they {the guards} would get in trouble for helping?
      This would be unthinkable in Sweden - but then again, she never would have landed in prison in the first place. Don't you guys have mental hospitals?

      Thanks in advance.

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  • why was a mentally ill person in prison rather than a hospital??

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    • @72_virgins_no_more For the same reason why Canada will see a shooting similar to Sandy Hook, society has neglected the mentally ill in Canada, mixing them within general prison populations instead of hospital psychiatric wards. When they are released they are much more worse mentally than they were when first incarcerated. Society doesn't have a gun problem, it has a massive problem with mentally ill people not getting proper treatment at the correct facilities.

      Your average Canadian hasn't go More..

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    • @72_virgins_no_more Cause most idiot Canucks are godless commies.

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    • @72_virgins_no_more Because it's easier, cheaper and more profitable, just like in the states.

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    • @Jocko Flocko

      I agree with most of what you say, except I think the brainless knuckle dragging drool monkeys would be somewhat offended at your comparison of them to prison guards.

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    • @Jocko Flocko

      Very sad. The way a society treats its weakest and defenseless has a lot to say about it. These people are definitely having their basic human rights violated, and I hope to see a class action lawsuit or an international court take a look at this atrocity.

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  • Fucking Canadian legal system will give the guards settlements and free trips to Hawaii for the trauma they suffered because they let this happen. Then it will turn around and sue the girls mother for being insensitive to the guards plight. It is almost that ridiculous here.

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  • Canada: Where people are so polite, the prison guards are too embarrassed to point out that you're committing suicide.

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  • Girl gets arrested at 14 for throwing crab apples at a mailman. Spends the next 5 years in jail.

    Something is seriously wrong with our penal system if we can't deal with an troubled adolescent without someone ending up dead.

    And I gotta ask, where were her parents?

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  • She apparently pulled this trick several times before (faking in those instances) to assault the guards. They made a poor judgement call but by no means did they mean to kill her.

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  • the real crime here is the stupid fucking heartbeat sound over the video.

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  • Why couldn't they just fucking leave the video RAW? Who knows if voices are dubbed in or not. Either way, its friggin strange. Who the hell told the guards not to intervene and why would the guards obey such an order? That story is just too damn strange.

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    • @ArrestU That is why they are having an inquest. The Corrections department had the video and tried to hide it. They fought tooth and nail to keep it from the inquest. Yes she was mentally unstable but the prison system kept transferring her repeatedly from institution to institution instead of dealing with her. Essentially I think she finally snapped.

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    • @cookie659

      I am wondering if that prison was privately run? If the allegations are true, then everyone involved from the top down deserves jail time for criminal negligence and dereliction of duty.

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  • She was clearly doing this for attention. That's why she is moving so slow and obvious, intending for the officer to come in and stop her. I would have done the same thing as this officer for a couple of reasons. First, because she is crying for attention and so you don't feed into that behavior. The Second reason is because I believe that people should have the right to do whatever they want with their own life. Who am I to force this person to live? However, the most important reason that I wo More..

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  • Suicide, the ultimate act of fucking over those that love you.

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    • @killingforgod

      I think if anyone fucked over the people who loved her it was the system.

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    • @DontFeedMyDog I think you missed my point. I have known and loved people that decided to take their own life and left the rest of us wondering how we failed to recognize their problems and help them. This persons problems started long before the system got involved and they don't have a crystal ball either.

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  • They had a duty of care towards her so they are too blame , not 100 % but enough for them to face criminal negligence charges and lose their jobs / pensions

    What a horrible bunch of cunts ,

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  • Thank you for relieving the Canadian tax payers of keeping you alive.

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  • A moment of silence for what? She got what she wanted, it's not like the guards made her kill herself. It's a personal freedom, if you want to die, you should be allowed the right to do it.

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    • @Elk Snot I would normally agree, but mental health patients can't be trusted to make decisions, especially decisions in the moment. They also shouldn't be in solitary confinement or prisons

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    • @navyk77 I would argue that this type of person SHOULD be in solitary, because they're more likely to harm the people around them. They probably also shouldn't be allowed any type of ligature, which is a failure on the prison's part, but if they're truly intent on killing themselves, they're going to find a way. And I honestly believe that if someone wants to end it, they should be allowed that right, crazy or not.

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  • WTF is wrong with the fucking system... First they watch and videotape her dying, then they do nothing for 10 fucking minutes and none of them have any CPR training.. Why is it that nobody can do their fucking job properly anymore?!?!? What ever happened to SERVE and PROTECT????!? I realize they're not police but the system is supposed to protect people not kill them. I hope the jail guards and their superiors who ordered them not to intervene get an assisted suicide charge.. After all, If I More..

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  • DISGRACEFUL< AND AN OUTRAGE!!! This makes me sick... Justice needs to be served for this!

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  • Terrible, such a young woman.
    The correction officers are worried about being accused of inappropriate behavior that they are trained to protect themselves and their agency before they perform their jobs.
    Adding heartbeat sounds and breathing sounds trivializes the entire situation.

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  • This adopted girl was involved in over 800 criminal incidents...If she was shown in another vid doing these things everyone would be screaming scumbag,should be shot etc...make your mind up time, but I wouldn't want the family as neighbours.

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  • Fucked up prison guards who really ought to be flipping burgers instead.

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  • Duty of care and morals dont mean much today i guess.

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