/R E P E A T -- News Advisory - PC Leader Brown and OPSEU president to tour EMDC March 31/

LONDON, March 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown and Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), will tour the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) on Thursday to gain a firsthand look at the ongoing crisis in corrections that is impacting jails across the province.

                Date:    

Thursday March 31, 2016

                Time:   

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

                Place:   

Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, 711 Exeter Road, London

"While we are pleased with the announcement last week that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services plans to hire an additional 2,000 correctional officers over three years, our jail system continues to suffer from crumbling infrastructure, a shortfall of rehabilitative programs for inmates with mental health disorders and substance abuse issues, and proper health and safety training for our officers," said Thomas. "These problems are especially evident at EMDC."

The tour of EMDC will start at 12 noon and finish approximately 90 minutes later with media availability to follow.

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

For further information: Rain Loftus, OPSEU Staff Representative, 519-878-3540

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