Acclaimed Canadian playwright Judith Thompson takes to the professional stage as a performer for the first time in 35 years Tuesday as she stars in her disturbing new play based on the Ashley Smith tragedy.
The images and sounds of videos from prison surveillance cameras or taken by front-line guards stand out sharply among the hundreds of exhibits and thousands of hours of testimony at the inquest into the tragic death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith.
Just hours after a coroner's jury declared the prison-cell death of Ashley Smith a homicide, the New Brunswick teen’s family is now calling for investigators to re-open their criminal investigation into prison officials.
Speaking after final submissions wrapped up at the Ashley Smith inquest, Coralee Smith said it would be unfair to lay responsibility for the tragedy at her daughter's feet. 'I think Ashley was tortured,' she said outside coroner's court.
Significant gaps remain in dealing with mentally ill prisoners, Canada's top correctional official admitted on Wednesday even as he urged jurors to avoid making costly recommendations to address the problem.