Man dies while in custody at Elgin-Middlesex Centre, London
44-year-old Jamie Briggs was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the Elgin-Middlsex Detention Center.
An inmate at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center (EMDC) in London has been pronounced dead a week after his arrest. The death of 44-year-old Jamie Briggs is the 21st to occur in the past 13 years at the facility, which is known for its dangerous conditions.
“I believe they said his blood pressure was high due to head trauma, and they were going to get medical attention. »
— Alison Craig, attorney for the deceased.
According to Alison Craig, the attorney for the deceased, Mr. Briggs was arrested on November 9 for minor offenses. A few days before his death, he felt ill and was unable to attend his bail hearing.
She had also learned on the 14 November that his client could no longer walk. Two days later, he was pronounced dead.
Mr. Craig adds, however, that during his hearing on November 10, Mr. Briggs appeared in good health.
Mr. Briggs' wife describes him as a man with a big heart.
Melanie Dickson, Mr. Briggs' wife, describes him as an incredible person and a bon vivant.
Everyone knew he was a wonderful person and a man with a big heart , she said.
Mr. Craig explains that the death of his client is linked to a systemic problem that must be addressed.
According to Ministry of the Solicitor General, ambulance services were called to the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center after Briggs was found unconscious in his cell.
Crosses are placed at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center to honor the memory of those who died in the facility.
In 2019, Renu Mandhane, the former chief commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, released a report on the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center following her visit.
She describes many problems, including overcrowding reaching extreme proportions, correctional officers who are not properly trained, violence, illegal drugs and unsanitary conditions .
She also refers to the United Nations Mandela Rules for the treatment of detainees and points out that these standards were very far from being respected at the CDEM.
A cross has been erected in honor of Brandon Marchant, 32, outside Elgin Detention Center -Middlesex. In 2009, Mr. Marchant was the 19th inmate to die in this prison.
The CEDM was criticized by several relatives of inmates who died in the establishment, and many crosses are installed along the fence of the building to honor their memory.
In July 2021, more than 1,000 people, including 500 motorcyclists, gathered to demonstrate against the guardians of the prison at the CEDM and to demand justice following the death of Brandon Bam Bam Marchant.