Aboriginal woman reaches settlement with feds over solitary confinement

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By Marcella Bernardo/
Published on May 22, 2013

An out of court settlement has been reached in the case of an aboriginal woman from Saskatchewan who spent more than three and a half years in solitary confinement at a federal prison in B.C.

Bobbylee Worm, now 26, was 19 years old and a first-time offender when she was incarcerated and spent up to 23 hours a day in her 8×10 cell with little human contact.

The BC Civil Liberties Association, which believes long-term solitary confinement is unconstitutional, says she was taken out of segregation two days after the lawsuit was filed.

Details of the settlement with the federal government are protected by a non-disclosure agreement.

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