Teen 'hopeless' month before cell death
TORONTO - The head of a prisoner advocacy group says a teen inmate looked "pretty hopeless and dejected" during a visit weeks before she killed herself.
Kim Pate testifies that Ashley Smith had been without any personal effects in her segregation cell for days at that point.
That meant Smith, 19, of Moncton, N.B., had only a security gown in her cell.
Pate, of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, says she felt strongly Smith needed to get out of the institution.
She helped Smith file a grievance, but it was never read until well after the inmate died.
Pate's visit in September 24, 2007, came a month before Smith strangled herself in her cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as guards stood by and watched.