Jail Trouble

Two major investigations are underway and several employees suspended after what the federal corrections service calls “very serious” allegations of harassment, intimidation and inappropriate employee conduct by staff at Edmonton’s maximum-security prison.

Meanwhile, CBC News has uncovered new details about allegations of workplace sexual harassment at that facility, and the dangers women can face for reporting it: namely, implied or direct threats to their safety, their families and their lives.

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) commissioner Don Head flew to Edmonton’s federal prison in mid-September to personally announce both a criminal investigation and a second administrative investigation.

CBC News has learned that at least seven employees — including some managers and acting managers — were walked off the property and suspended without pay around the same time as Don Head’s announcement.

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