Malfunction locks staff inside jail

The Toronto South Detention Centre on Horner Ave. in the QEW.-Kipling Ave. area of Toronto. (Dave...

The Toronto South Detention Centre on Horner Ave. in the QEW.-Kipling Ave. area of Toronto. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

TORONTO -- It's not always good when the jail cells stay locked.

Ask the guards at Toronto's new super jail who like it better when it's the inmates under lock and key.

Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is investigating an incident Tuesday at its new $600-million super jail in Etobicoke where some staff were stuck in a locked zone for up to an hour.

A pregnant employee was stranded in the Toronto South Detention Centre and may file the first staff complaint since the jail opened last fall.

"The place is very modern," acknowledged one officer after several guards found themselves accidentally trapped in a part of the jail. "But there are some bugs in the system to be worked out and we saw that (Tuesday)."

The officer said there was "a computer malfunction" causing a shutdown of a locking system.

"One of the people stuck was pregnant," said the source. "She was in there an hour and had to go to the bathroom so she was faced with either soiling herself or going in a garbage pail."


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