Calgary inmates contaminated with COVID-19 allege ‘disgusting’ situations

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Wilson-Martin said correctional officers didn’t let inmates shower for the first week they were in the hole. But even once they were able to shower, they said they couldn’t get clean, with hygiene products like shampoo not made available to them.

It’s a charge disputed by Boehmer, who said inmates continue to have regular access to showers and clean clothing.

Typically, inmates purchase items like extra food, clothing, vitamins and toiletries through the jail’s canteen, using their own money. But since their COVID-19 diagnoses, that’s been unavailable to them.

Some prisoners also reported only having a single pair of underwear, with one resorting to flipping his underwear inside-out. Jail staff eventually completed laundry for the inmates after more than a week in isolation.

Limited access to the canteen is also causing trouble for inmates who rely on the service for food to supplement their three daily meals, saying they’re “starving” with the amount of food being provided.

“I’m not getting enough to eat,” inmate Cody Christian said. “The treatment we get is really, really bad.”

Boehmer said that though canteen access is limited, inmates have been supplied with their needs.

“Inmates continue to receive their basic needs, including regular meals, medications, soap and mattresses,” he said. “Inmate access to the canteen for snacks will be reinstated next week as was planned all along.”

The accusations from inmates come the week after the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees blew the whistle on alleged non-compliance with public-health measures at the jail.

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