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Inmate who took part in riot at notorious Iqaluit jail says conditions making inmates worse

baffin-correctional-centre‘I just flipped out … sooner or later someone [else is] gonna flip out too,’ says Steven Akittirq

By Pauline Pemik, Walter Strong, CBC News, October 5, 2017

“My name is Steven Akittirq and I’ve been incarcerated since June 2014.”

On Monday, Steven Akittirq, 27, pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to second-degree murder in the June 9, 2014, death of Glenna Attagutalukutuk, a teenage girl in Igloolik, Nunavut. A four-day sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held in the community starting on Jan. 30. Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut jail poses ‘significant constitutional and legal risks’: memo

Baffin Correctional Centre. Photo: CBC News.

Baffin Correctional Centre. Photo: CBC News.

Use of Baffin Correctional Centre ‘constitutionally suspect, legally deficient:’ Nunavut official

By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press/CBC News, March 9, 2015

The Baffin Correctional Centre is a ticking legal time bomb that could go off at any moment, a senior bureaucrat warns in a newly disclosed memo that comes as the territory braces for a scathing report about the notorious Nunavut jail.

The Canadian Press recently obtained a copy of a January memo written by Nunavut’s deputy minister of justice to several of her colleagues and copied to her boss, Justice Minister Paul Okalik. In it, Elizabeth Sanderson raises “serious constitutional and legal concerns associated with the ongoing use of the Baffin Correctional Centre” and urges cabinet secretary David Akeeagok to brief Premier Peter Taptuna about her concerns. Read the rest of this entry