Nineteen men and women have died since 2009 at London’s provincial jail, the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre – the latest occurring earlier this month when Brandon Marchant, 32, was found unresponsive in his cell. Two inmates have told The London Free Press they saw correctional officers assault Marchant in the jail. His death comes just as a memorial for the inmates who’ve died, erected by their loved ones, was taken down amid complaints from the jail’s guards. The funeral for Marchant, a Hells Angels associate, was held Saturday and followed by a protest at the jail. Our Dale Carruthers was there:
Hundreds of bikers have gathered outside of EMDC following the funeral for an inmate who died there this month
Posted by The London Free Press on Saturday, July 17, 2021
Since 2009, 19 people have died at the Exeter Road jail which has wrestled with drug smuggling, health care and supervisory problems and violence.
The jail has been plagued by violence, understaffing, overcrowding, drug abuse and poor labour relations for decades – issues that have been uncovered and extensively documented by The Free Press, including the Michener Award-winning series Indiscernible, which examined the 2014 death of inmate Jamie High.