Private worker at Sask. jail caught having sex with inmate

A private catering firm working out of the Regina Correctional Centre has come under fire after one of its employees was caught having sex with an inmate in the walk-in cooler.

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A spokesperson for Saskatchewan Corrections did not confirm the details of the incident, but said the issue was raised with the ministry and the private catering firm, Compass Group Canada, and action was taken immediately.

"We take all security concerns seriously," Drew Wilby told CTV Regina. "When this issue was raised with the ministry, we immediately took it to Compass."

Wilby said Compass Group Canada addressed the concern in a "timely manner."

The private contract employee has lost the required security privilege to work at the men's centre.

This is the latest controversy involving Compass Group Canada, which recently took over food services in eight of the province's correctional facilities.

About 115 inmates in the Regina Correctional Centre have been refusing to eat over concerns about the quality of food. The latest rotating hunger strike ended Friday.

Inmates first raised concerns in November, shortly after food services at the jail were switched from union workers to the private company.

"The screening of the staff and security involved with the new people coming to the jail to provide these food services has to be a consideration….as the government moves forward," said Bob Bymoen, president of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU).

SGEU had previously warned that the privatization of food services in the province's jails would threaten the safety of frontline corrections workers.

With a report from CTV Regina's Wayne Mantyka



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