POLITICS

Minister to discuss allegations of overcrowding, violence at London jail

08/14/2012 10:01 EDT | Updated 10/14/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON, Ont. - A London, Ont., jail is in the spotlight today as provincial politicians meet to discuss allegations of overcrowding and violence at the troubled facility.

Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur is set to address concerns about the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in a meeting with the region's Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek and the party's corrections critic.

Yurek says he wants the minister to lay out her plans to improve conditions at the jail, where tensions erupted last month following a lockdown.

A number of lawsuits have also been filed by inmates alleging the province and guards failed to protect them from violent attacks while in custody.

Yurek says the jail was meant for 200 inmates but currently holds more than double.

Leaders of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union will also tour the centre today to get a first-hand look at the situation inside.

(AM980)