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‘No alternative’ to isolating Ashley Smith, parole officer tells inquest

Ashley Smith is shown in an undated handout photo released at the inquest into her prison cell death in Toronto.


A parole officer testified Tuesday that he believed there was no alternative to segregation for Ashley Smith.

Rob Harris told the inquest into Smith's death in prison that she was a danger to herself or others.

As a result, Harris said his recommendations to the warden of Nova Institution were to keep the teenager isolated.

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Smith was admitted directly into segregation when she arrived at the adult facility in October, 2006.

She had already spent almost her entire three years in youth custody in isolation.

A year later, when she was 19, Smith choked herself to death in a segregation cell at another prison in Kitchener, Ont.

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