Ashley, JUST A KID
Dr. Allister Webster, psychologist for Nova Institution (women's
jail) in Truro, NS said: "We need to consider her behavior as a
result of choice as opposed to mental illness."
"She was making very bad choices ... ."
"But he added that consistently, across the institutions where
Smith had been held in custody, "mental health professional were
in agreement this woman was not psychotic," Webster told coroner's
counsel Marg Creal." Toronto Star, Tuesday, March 5th 2013, "Smith
not psychotic, inquest hears", page A8
HOW could Ashley Smith MAKE BAD CHOICES when she's *ALWAYS* CON-
FINED to a tiny, 8' x 10', solitary cell wearing an "unrippable"
security gown, wit a steel bed, lights on all the time, and being
watched 24/7 by a video camera?
Dr. Allister Webster appears to be "intentionally" VERY DECEITFUL
as it was CLEARLY IMPOSSIBLE for Ashley Smith to MAKE BAD CHOICES
as she was ALWAYS CONFINED TO A BARREN SOLITARY CELL.
MAKING "BAD CHOICES" - HOW?
Dr. Allister Webster's claim that Ashley Smith was MAKING BAD
CHOICES sounds like BULLSHIT, no?
Dr. Webster repeats "THE SAME REFRAIN" as everyone else who
dealt with Ashley Smith who describe her as "a challenging
But LOOK at HOW BADLY they treated her.
Was her behavior was PROVOKED by THEM?
It seems the prison staff MADE IT A SPORT ABUSING Ashley
Smith IN EVERY WHICH POSSIBLE WAY taking advantage
of the fact that she was JUST A KID, no?
Is Dr. Webster BULLSHITTING on behalf of the Gov't?
"Webster did an assessment of her in early November 2006 at
Nova, during which time Smith indicated to him that she had
the "means and intent to kill herself". Toronto Star,
Thursday, March 7th 2013, "There are more Ashleys: 'Comp-
lex' inmate wasn't a rare case, psychologist testifies",
She only had a metal bed in her very tiny. 8'x10', cell
being watched by a video camera 24/7 forced to wear an
unrippable" security gown.
Such AN UNTRUE ACCUSATION belittles THE INHUMANITY that
Ashley Smith was forced to endure at the hands of THE
CRUEL, HEARTLESS PRISON PERSONNEL.
Ashley's Mother is on record at the inquest AFFIRMING that
Ashley *NEVER* had any intent of killing herself AT ANY
TIME because she was a happy go-lucky girl.
Is Dr. Webster FABULATING like everyone else who has dealt
with Ashley to MAKE HER LOOK BAD and themselves LOOK
NOT SO BAD?
IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE IT, doesN'T it?
IS THAT "THE GAME" being played out at the inquest?
TO DISPARAGE Ashley Smith in order to JUSTIFY HER
*INHUMANE* TREATMENT AT THE HANDS OF
THE PRISON STAFF IN ALL 17 PRISONS where
she was held-up in a 8' x 10', BARREN, solitary con-
finement cell over the course of 6.4 years.
SUCH *DEVIANT* BEHAVIOR BY A GOV'T IS "TYPICAL"
OF FASCIST Police state governments who believe
1. they are NOT ACCOUNTABLE
2. CANNOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
3. and A PACK OF LIES will do the trick.
Ashley's Mother at the Inquest
Coralee Smith, Ashley's mother, "recalled how the years
of segregation appeared to diminish her daughter."
"In a harrowing account of the last time she saw her
daughter alive, Coralee Smith described her shock at
Ashley's appearance during a visit in the summer of
" 'Oh Mom, my skin is all loose," Ashley told Smith
through the Plexiglas screen that separated them.
" 'She was not a 19-year-old girl at that point; she
was aged," an emotional Smith told an inquest jury. '
She was a lot smaller.' "
"Four guards at the Nova Institution for Women in
Truro N.S. had brought Ashley into the interview
room, her mom recounted."
She was in handcuffs, shackles and dressed in a
security gown aimed at preventing suicides. Her
hair looked dirty. Ashley had an injured eye ... ."
"At the end of the visit, Smith put her hand to the
screen, but Ashley appeared reluctant." Toronto
Metro News, Friday, February 22nd 2013, "Ashley
Smith was emaciated, hurt, dirty in prison: Mother",
PHONY *Whitewashing* Inquest
Has the inquest dealt with Ashley's *RAGGED* CONDITION "NOT'
long prior to her death: the INJURED EYE, the DIRTY HAIR,
the LOOSE SKIN?
THE INJURED EYE, DIRTY HAIR, LOOSE SKIN seem to suggest that
Ashley was *already* MARKED FOR DEATH.
Her death was CLEARLY - according to the É(eh)PC - A *PRE-
MEDITATED* CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
The goal of the inquest is NOT to condem the Gov't for
wrong doing, but to EXONERATE IT by whitewashing the
whole Ashley Smith affair and that's why it's 100%
Ashley's Mother's LAST WORD
"Outside court, Ms. Smith said: " ... we will never accept
that Ashley should have been treated in this manner." The
Globe and Mail, Friday, February 22nd 2013, " 'My skin is
all loose,' Ashley Smith told mother in final visit", page
Warden: FIRED, then REHIRED
"The warden fired shortly after Ashley Smith's 2007 death
is again working with the Correctional Service of Canada,
but her position and date of hire are being kept secret by
the agency." Toronto Star, Thursday, March 21st 2013,
"Warden rehired after Ashley Smith death in prison", page
By firing and then, rehiring the warden, is the Gov't trea-
ting the whole Ashley Smith affair as a JOKE?
"It's simply an affront for the family to learn that one of
the key players in promoting this order not to go into (Smith's)
cell until she stops breathing ... has been brought back into
the CSC fold," said Julian Falconer, lawyer for Smith's family.
"A Correctional Service spokesperson refused to confirm
f Berry works for the agency or give her position." Toronto
Star, Thursday, March 21st 2013, "Warden rehired after
Ashley Smith death in prison", page A2
Prison psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Penn testified at the Inquest
that Ashley Smith "was highly unstable, showed sadistic ten-
dencies and was one of the most difficult cases he had ever
seen ... ."
Of course, given the NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION this story has
been getting, HE pretty much HAS TO SAY THAT, didN'T he?
"Apparently", he once wrote: " 'This young woman is es-
sentially a large tyrannical child who can't tolerate
limits, feels estranged and isolated from peers, un-
loved, unliked, and often hopeless.' " Toronto Metro
News, Tuesday, March 26th 2013, "Sadistic, tyrannical,
unstable ... : Startling testimony at inquest", page 8
Did he write this "before" OR "after" her death?
Was he "instructed" to write this?
IN ANY CASE, confined to a tiny 8' x 10' cell solitary cell in
17 jails for 6.4 years, often handcuffed, shackled, forced to
wear a security gown, treated as a "mental" case to further
degrade her (Incidentally, the inquest heard that she was
*NOT* a "mental" case.), AND *ALWAYS* BEING BADLY TREATED
BY PRISON STAFF, I - personally - think it's, IN FACT,
"QUITE NORMAL" that Ashley should have been REBELLIOUS.
But that does NOT necessarily mean she felt "estranged and
isolated from peers, unloved, unliked, and often hopeless"
given her strong relationship with her adoptive mother.
Evidently, the psychiatrist is reading to much into this whole
affair WITHOUT THE SUPPORTING EVIDENCE.
According to her mother Ashley was A HAPPY, WELL-
You have to ask yourself if Dr. Jeffrey Penn A TOTAL
This "psychiatrist who assessed Ashley Smith at a prison
in Nova Scotia in late 2006, bristled Monday when it was
suggested ... that he tried to have her transferred to a
psychiatric hospital without her consent by first evalu-
ating her over the phone - a move that's ILLEGAL."
Correctional Service Canada staffer, Brigitte Lavigne, in
an e-mail "told other national headquarters staff about
her 'cautioning' Penn that he should see Smith in person,
'though it's his licence,' she added in parenthesis."
Toronto Star, Tuesday, March 26th 2013, "Prison psychi-
atrist grilled about offer to certify Smith over phone",
That's NOT CRAZY?
He doesN'T seem to take his job seriously does he?
HOW HONEST, then, can be his assessment of Ashley
Is his flippant assessment of Ashley Smith to be trusted?
NOT ONE BIT!
KEPT IN SECLUSION - AS ALWAYS
For 115 days, Ashley Smith was kept "in seclusion her entire
time ... at the Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) in Saskatoon
... "on intensive psychiatric care" (IPC): "she was kept in
her room alone, with close observation." Toronto Star, Wednes-
day, April 10th 2013, "MD queried about Smith's seclusion",
on page A6.
THE UNBELIEVABLY INHUMAN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
ISOLATION CONTINUED THERE.
It was Correctional Service Canada that encouraged her - for
her own good - to go there: so she agreed to go: in the words
of Correctional Service Canada, she "volunteered" to go, BUT
she was *NOT* TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY.
She more than likely agreed to go in the belief that she could
GET OUT of seclusion.
HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM IS THIS: "... Dr. Olajide Adelugba, a psy-
chiatrist and forensic specialist still at RPC, told Smith's
inquest in Toronto that there is no formal mechanism in place
at the facility for an individual to challenge being kept on IPC
status." Toronto Star, Wednesday, April 10th 2013, "MD queried
about Smith's seclusion", on page A6.
THEY - probably - LIED TO HER THAT HER SITUATION THERE *
It was MORE OF THE *SAME*.
*ALL* THIS strongly suggests Correctional Service Canada was
out TO PSYCHOLOGICALLY *BREAK* Ashley Smith.
BUT THEY COULDN'T!
HAIR PULLED, CURSED AT
In the Psychiatric Prison Hospital Ashley Smith was INHUMANLY
ABUSED BY ADULTS and basically, TREATED IN A VERY *DEMEANING*
FASHION at the Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) in Saskatoon.
REMEMBER: SHE WAS JUST A KID, A KID!
Ashley Smith complained that "a supervising guard had assaulted
her ... ."
"... Peter Guenther, former executive-director of the Regional
Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, said the incident involved a
correctional supervisor, John Tarala, in March 2007."
He told the Toronto Ashley Smith Inquest that he heard that
Ashley Smith claimed that she "was grabbed, lifted off the
ground by her hair and called the "C" word ... also ...
Tarala had stepped on her head."
"In addition, the report notes a nurse who witnessed the
incident said Tarala had ordered her to falsify her report."
Toronto Metro News, Thursday, April 4th 2013, "Prison
guard pulled teen's hair, cursed at her, Smith inquest
hears" on page 20
Former inmate at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton,
ON, Jeannette Tossounian, (who was put in a segregation
cell for 2 weeks charged with misconduct for *NOT* wearing
a bra and who had AN EXTRA FIVE DAYS added to her
sentence when "another" misconduct charge was ADDED
for having said she did *NOT* want to wear a bra even
though she had already been "braless" already for 8.5
months), says: "No matter what an inmate does, if the
institution wants to punish, they will get punished."
Toronto Metro News, Monday, November 26, 2012,
"Female inmate alleges she was 'thrown in the hole'
for no bra", page 6
That assessment of Correctional Service Canada's VIN-
DICTIVE, *CRIMINAL* BEHAVIOR is VERY DISTURBING BECAUSE
IT'S INFLICTING PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE.
Correctional Service Canada alleges ...
1. that Ashley Smith was NOT READY TO LEAVE THE PRISON
2. that Ashley Smith signed documents to say just that.
This caN'T possibly BE true given what was said at the inquest
about how much Ashley looked forward to going home according
to her Mom: that's what they talked about "ALL THE TIME":
that's what kept Ashley Smith SANE!
AT THE ONE-THIRD SENTENCE MARK
"Ashley Smith turned down her right to apply for full parole
in early 207, writing "not ready for release" on a waiver
she signed as she neared the one third mark of her prison
sentence." Toronto Star, Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, "Trou-
bled teen turned down parole chance: Prison officer testifies
she wasn't ready to go", page A8
AT THE TWO-THIRD SENTENCE MARK
"Smith was eligible for full parole in mid-February 2007 -
her statutory release date at the time was November 2007,
the two-thirds point of her sentence - but on the National
Parole Board waiver on Jan. 19, 2007, Smith gave up her
right to a parole review." Toronto Star, Wednesday, March
th, 2013, Troubled teen turned down parole chance: Prison
officer testifies she wasn't ready to go", page A8
Was her signature FORGED?
THAT SEEMS QUITE LIKELY.
"The waiver came up Tuesday during testimony from Rob
Harris, who was Smith's institutional parole officer
at Nova Institution, a federal prison for women in
Truro, N.S. Smith was sent from Nova to RPC (Regional
sychiatric Centre) in December 2006."
"The document was co-signed by Smith's parole officer at
RPC (Regional Psychiatric Centre), and also by the head
of that institution, a secure forensic centre that is
part prison, part psychiatric facility."
"Harris testified that even if Smith wanted to apply for
full parole, she was in no way ready for release."
"... her inappropriate behavior would affect public safety,
Harris told the inquest." Toronto Star, Wednesday, March
27th, 2013, "Troubled teen turned down parole chance:
Prison officer testifies she wasn't ready to go", page A8
NO TEENAGER WILL GO TO JAIL, but could be treated as
a psychiatric patient -if need be.
Currently, 25% of the 55,000 inmate population are
teenagers who are *NOT* in school: that's A TREMEN-
DOUS LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY.
But it also represent A TREMENDOUS *UNNECESSARY*
COST to the taxpayer according to the É(eh)PC.
At a cost of $200,000 a year to keep someone in
jail, it costs (.25 x 55,000 x $200,000) $2.75
BILLION to keep teenagers in jail every year.
NOT sending teenagers to jail translates into
A $2.75 BILLION SAVING to the taxpayer.
Ashley Smith's HEROIC Anti-FASCIST Spirit
The É(eh)PC will honour Ashley Smith, Canada's
GREATEST Anti-FASCIST heroine with ...
- the Ashley Smith Anti-FASCIST Law
- the Ashley Smith Oct.19th National
- the Ashley Smith Statue on Parliament
Hill's Front Lawn,
- the Ashley Smith Museum across the
street from Parliament Hill in which
will be housed the Ashley Smith Wall
Kenneth Selin (say'leen)
B.A.(Psychology), B.A.(Spanish), B.Admin.,
B.Comm.(Honours), B.A.(Italian) magna cum laude
100% financially transparent, DEMOCRATIC Gov't
- by thePEOPLE
- for thePEOPLE