‘Ottawa’ Inmates File Class-Action Lawsuit Over ‘Deplorable’ Conditions at Ottawa Jail
A pair of former inmates put the province on notice Wednesday that they intend to sue over the treatment they endured in Ottawa’s jail and are inviting any other inmate who has served even a single day in the notorious detention centre over the past two years to join them in a class-action lawsuit.
One-time prisoners Mark Zuccala and Jude Joseph filed a notice of action over what their lawyer describes as the “inhumane” and “degrading” conditions at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Lawyer Paul Champ said the class-action lawsuit is the result of a decade of “systemic neglect” at the jail on Innes Road. Champ estimates the lawsuit could potentially involve as many as 4,000 inmates and targets a wide range of “deprivations” faced by the prisoners.