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					          INQUEST TOUCHING THE DEATH OF CHRISTINE BUDGELL
                      JURY RECOMMENDATIONS


We the jury make the following recommendations in no particular order of priority:

To Durham Region and the Durham Regional Police Service

1) We the jury, encourage Durham Region and the Durham Regional Police Service to
compile and maintain an up-to-date list of agencies including shelters, treatment facilities
dealing with issues of addiction or mental health, and any related services in this Region.
We encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to promote continued awareness of
these services amongst their officers, as they may be able to assist the police in carrying
out their duties.

2) We the jury, encourage Durham Region and the Durham Regional Police Service to
study the feasibility of establishing recovery centres for persons suffering the acute
effects of intoxication due to alcohol, or drug use. (Some people with addiction issues do
not have family or friends who are able to provide appropriate care in a safe environment.
Still, it may be that not all such people require hospitalization or lodging in a jail cell
while recovering, though those options would remain the appropriate course of action for
some individuals.) If recovery centres are feasible, we would propose that people be
accepted into the centre and cared for until their symptoms dissipate. They would then be
offered referrals to formal counseling and treatment where the issues underlying their
usage or addiction could be addressed.

To the Durham Regional Police Service

3) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to review procedures
concerning searches of individuals who are being lodged in the cellblock. Specifically,
we encourage a review of the items that should be seized in order to minimize the risk of
an individual harming themselves or others. We would then urge the Durham Regional
Police Service to promote awareness of the results of any such review.

4) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to review the criteria for
establishing when individuals should have all of their property and clothing seized and be
provided with alternative clothing in order to reduce the risks of harm. Specifically, we
encourage consideration as to whether or not this should be done with a wider range of
individuals suffering from the effects of alcohol or a drug, and whose behaviour may be
unpredictable as a result.

5) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to conduct an assessment
of available clothing that replaces a prisoner’s clothing and such replacement clothing
should not be able to be used to harm themselves.

6) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to continue training
officers and special constables regarding the use and full capabilities of Versadex, or any
other computerized system that may be adopted concerning management of individuals
who come into custody in the Durham Regional Police Service cellblock.



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          INQUEST TOUCHING THE DEATH OF CHRISTINE BUDGELL
                      JURY RECOMMENDATIONS


7) We the jury, while recognizing the need for officers and special constables to be
trained in all aspects of their duties so they can assist as required, we encourage the
recent Durham Regional Police Service practice of designating one officer or special
constable each shift who would be primarily responsible for conducting physical checks
of all persons detained in the cellblock, in accordance with the established policies of the
Durham Regional Police Service. That responsibility may be assigned to different
individuals at different times to allow for a fair distribution of work between members of
a shift.

8) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to promote awareness of
its policy requiring regular cell checks every 30 minutes, or more frequently if a
particular individual presents a higher risk. Specifically, we encourage the Durham
Regional Police Service to promote awareness of the fact that video monitoring of the
cells is an additional tool, but it is not a substitute for regular physical cell checks.

9) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service decision to upgrade the
video monitoring system used in the cellblock. Additionally, we encourage the Durham
Regional Police Service to ensure that all officers and special constables working in the
cellblock are fully trained regarding all uses and capabilities of the system once it is
installed.

10) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service decision to include
audio capability in its new video monitoring system for the cellblock. We suggest that
audio may be turned on and off as required. Consideration might also be given to
provision for two-way communication so officers can speak to individuals in the cells if
the need should arise.

11) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to study the feasibility
and staffing implications involved in scheduling an overlap of at least two weeks between
officers and special constables who are being transferred out of the cellblock and those
who are transferring into that assignment, in order to enhance the training received by the
new staff before they assume full responsibility for the cellblock.

12) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to determine the
feasibility of installing an electronic passcard system at the end of each cell range, that
could be integrated into the Versadex program, to verify 30 minute cell checks have been
performed.

13) We the jury, encourage the Durham Regional Police Service to regularly perform,
and document in the Versadex program, physical checks of cells to identify deficiencies
that require maintenance and flagged in the system as being out of order.




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                      JURY RECOMMENDATIONS


To the Whitby Mental Health Centre, Lakeridge Health Network and the Durham
Regional Police Service

14) We the jury, encourage the Whitby Mental Health Centre, Lakeridge Health Network
and the Durham Regional Police Service to conduct a feasibility study of responding to
individuals involved in recurring instances of public intoxication with immediate medical
treatment and care as an alternative to incarceration in police facilities.

To the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner

15) We the jury, encourage the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner to review
and provide a best practices policy on the instances where it may be permissible for
community social support agencies and medical treatment facilities to share medical or
personal information pertaining to persons taken into police custody.




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