Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Groups Want to Be Able to Visit Mixed-Gender Detention Centre in Quebec

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Groups Want to Be Able to Visit Mixed-Gender Detention Centre in Quebec

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Quebec groups want to visit mixed-gender facility

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MONTREAL - Two groups are asking Premier Philippe Couillard to intervene to allow them to visit a mixed-gender Quebec prison.

A civil liberties group and Quebec's main women's federation say Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has denied them access to the Etablissement Leclerc near Montreal.

They want to visit the detention centre because there have been reports of problems since the women first began arriving last winter.

Lucie Lemonde, a spokeswoman for the civil liberties group, says Coiteux has cited security concerns in not allowing them to enter the facility.

Lemonde says she doesn't understand that argument because she has often taken entire classes to penitentiaries in her capacity as a professor of prison law. …

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