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Inquest jurors set to return verdict on Ashley Smith segregation-cell death

Ashley Smith is shown in an undated handout photo released in Toronto Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at the inquest into her prison cell death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
December 19, 2013 - 1:00 AM

TORONTO - Jurors at the Ashley Smith prison-death inquest are slated to return their verdict today.

They are also expected to make numerous recommendations on dealing with mentally ill inmates.

Smith, 19, of Moncton, N.B., choked herself to death six years ago.

Guards at the prison in Kitchener, Ont., were under orders against rushing into her segregation cell, so they videotaped but did not intervene in time.

The five women jurors heard extensive evidence on the teen's treatment in federal custody.

They also heard how poorly equipped the prison system was to deal with the mentally ill teen.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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