SGEU concerned for worker and inmate safety after further increase of violence at Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre | National Union of Public and General Employees

SGEU concerned for worker and inmate safety after further increase of violence at Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre

“This situation is only going to get worse unless things change. We need to see a different strategy in dealing with these rival gangs, whether that is isolating them more, providing more high-security areas, providing more staff to prevent altercations, or changing their programming so these factions are kept apart at all times.” Bob Bymoen, President SGEU

Saskatoon (23 Sept. 2019) - The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) is renewing its call for more resources and better strategies to deal with another increase of gang violence at Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre.

Recent incident highlights danger

This call follows  September 19, 2019 when several rival gang members engaged in a violent altercation in the yard of the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre.

Only a few staff members were present and could not prevent the altercation from happening. Extra correction officers had to be called in to break up the factions.

“We are hearing from our members the way these gangs are being housed and transported around the jail is just not working, and our members are very concerned, not only for their own safety, but for the inmates also,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.

Numerous violent incidents in recent weeks

Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre has had several violent incidents in recent weeks.

More rival gang violence and an inability to keep these factions apart is resulting in increased clashes between these gangs that is creating a very volatile situation.

“This situation is only going to get worse unless things change. We need to see a different strategy in dealing with these rival gangs, whether that is isolating them more, providing more high-security areas, providing more staff to prevent altercations, or changing their programming so these factions are kept apart at all times,” said Bymoen.


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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE

 

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