HALIFAX - The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Halifax experienced nearly a twofold increase in the number of assaults in the first six months of last year compared to the same period the previous year. Here are some of the more notable findings from incident reports The Canadian Press obtained through access to information legislation:
Sometimes offenders can find themselves outnumbered when fights break out. Five inmates attack one prisoner on March 7, 2014, in a process described as "keeping six" around the cell. On June 21, a similar instance arises when five offenders assault one inmate.
Small frustrations can rapidly deteriorate into violence. In one case on Feb. 5, an offender throws a juice jug at the day room front window after becoming frustrated when the phones go down. He and others soon became "restive and aggressive" and four inmates are reported to police for assaulting and resisting staff.
CROSSING A LINE:
There were numerous assaults on staff but sometimes inmates risk facing the wrath of their peers for their actions. On Feb. 9, an inmate punched a female staff officer. Other prisoners pull him off of the woman. "Inmates were angry with (the attacker) for his action," the incident report says.
An emergency code was called on March 2 for the prison's west wing when a group of inmates, including one wielding a shower brush, ganged up on an offender. Another inmate attempted to come down the stairs from his cell to join the fray. "This was an attempt by the West ... offenders to run off ... offenders house on this range," the incident report says.
Police respond on March 24 after a "major altercation" erupts involving nearly all offenders from a unit, some with weapons. Four inmates are injured. On June 1, ambulances are called to care for injured prisoners after another bout of violence involving weapons breaks out.