Kids subjected to pepper-spray, isolation, restraints: Children’s advocate report

Kids subjected to pepper-spray, isolation, restraints: Children’s advocate report

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s children’s advocate says she is fielding complaints about kids in the justice system being subjected to pepper-spray, isolation and restraints.In her annual report, Darlene MacDonald says her office has heard of teens in youth jails being pepper-sprayed simply to make them behave better.RELATED: Manitoba watchdog concerned about growing trend of youth suicide Story continues below

MacDonald also says she’s heard reports of teens being restrained or kept in isolation in order to deal with behavioural or mental-health issues.She says the youth correctional system needs more resources, especially to help teens with complex needs and conditions.RELATED: Manitoba children’s advocate notified of 166 deaths over yearMacDonald echoes warnings in previous reports that Manitoba has the highest rate of youth incarceration, and more than half the teens being held are awaiting trial.She says keeping teens in custody is expensive and can increase the chances of gang involvement.

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