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VINNIPEG – Newly obtained statistics indicate an increase in violence at the Vinnipegu Retention Center and a union representing correctional workers, says the use of methamphetamine is a major factor.

"Our members actually believe that some of the incidents are definitely encouraged by drugs like the target," said Michelle Gavronski, Prime Minister of Manitoba and General Staff.

"They know that the target is a problem, to be kept in a prisoner."

Records obtained by the Canadian press in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act in the province show that detained guards have taken 47 times between January 1 and September 30 this year. This is higher than all annual numbers reported in the previous five years for which statistics are given and more than double the number in 2014.

In the first nine months of this year there were 20 more cases in which the Correction Officer issued a more serious call to be in direct danger. That figure is on the way, by the end of 2018, to be the highest in the last few years.

One worker at the detention center, who spoke under anonymous condition because he is not authorized to publicly discuss issues within the prison, says that the prisoners of the target are unpredictable and can suddenly become violent.

"You're dealing with zombies, because of the lack of a better word," the worker told the Canadian press.

"Alcoholics are usually slow. They are slow, but the prisoner who is on target … in my opinion, have increased the strength."

The 300-bed detention center is usually the first apartment for people after arrest until they are granted bail or are transferred to another prison. As the effects of the target can last much longer than those of other drugs, prisoners may be under his influence long after they enter the facility, the employee said.

The worker said that a detainee detainee was targeted and that he seemed to calm down, but then he broke into violence when the door was opened.

"He came out of his cell and went directly to the other cell … and with (domestic) weapons, began to attack both of them who slept."

Gavronsky said the union raised the issue with Justice Minister Cliff Cullen and hoped that prison staff would receive more training.

The Department of Justice would not comment on security issues at the detention center. Kulen, who was out of the province last week with other provincial ministers of justice, issued a brief written statement.

"Penitentiary centers can be an unstable environment, and Manitoba Justice is committed to working with staff and (union) to manage offenders with various needs, including the dependence on methamphetamine and other substances," he said in a statement.

John Hovard of Canada, an association for the protection of prisoners' rights, said that growing targets in the prisons should not be surprised, as police forces in Vinipeg and other cities noted an increase in drug use.

John Hutton, executive director of the Manitoba Group, said the problem needs to be solved before people end up behind bars.

"The facilities have not been built with detoxification units, and that's a challenge," Hutton said.

"I do not think that nobody would agree that we need more resources in the community so that people can be treated for target dependency before they end up in detention."

Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press



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