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Inmate assaulted at Thunder Bay District Jail

A government spokesperson says the jail is experiencing 'capacity pressures'
Thunder Bay District Jail Summer

THUNDER BAY — An inmate was injured in a unit of the Thunder Bay District Jail during what's being described as a "disturbance" on the weekend.

In a statement, the Ministry of the Solicitor General said jail staff intervened in the incident to restore order, and called for an ambulance.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

No jail staff were injured.

A spokesperson said the ministry is still investigating the circumstances of the incident, but added "It is not appropriate to share further details as it may involve personal health information."

The facility is designed to accommodate 147 inmates, but is chronically over capacity.

At one point last March, the union representing corrections workers said there were nearly 200 inmates in the jail.

According to the ministry spokesperson, the jail "is currently experiencing some capacity pressures."

Last spring, the provincial government announced it had approved funding for a new 325-bed facility to replace both the jail and the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.


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