POLITICS

23 hours a day: Saskatchewan woman settles lawsuit over solitary confinement

05/22/2013 05:28 EDT | Updated 07/22/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the federal government has settled a lawsuit with an aboriginal woman who says she was held in solitary confinement for 3 1/2 years.

The claim filed on behalf of BobbyLee Worm of Saskatchewan alleged she was segregated for up to 23 hours a day at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women east of Vancouver.

It said Worm, who was serving a six-year-sentence for robbery and other offences, was treated illegally and inhumanely.

The settlement's terms do not allow Worm, who is 26, to disclose details.

A spokeswoman for the civil liberties group says the lawsuit helped draw attention to what she called the unconstitutional practice of long-term solitary confinement.

The group says Correctional Services of Canada announced after the lawsuit was filed that it would end the protocol used to put Worm in solitary.