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Parole

410 Laurier Avenue West 5Th Floor

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R1

Canada

Company Description

The National Parole Board, as part of the criminal justice system, makes independent, quality conditional release and pardon decisions and clemency recommendations. The Board contributes to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the ti ... more

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Employment History

Senior Project Officer , Assessment and Intervention
Canada RHQ

Senior Project Officer , Assessment and Intervention
Correctional Service

Warden
Grand Valley Institution for Women

Manager Special Projects
Parole Board of Canada

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Cindy Berry, former acting ...

www.therecord.com, 1 Oct 2013 [cached]

Cindy Berry, former acting warden of Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, is shown outside the Ashley Smith choking inquest in Toronto on Monday.


Cindy Berry, the warden ...

www.thestar.com, 21 Mar 2013 [cached]

Cindy Berry, the warden fired shortly after Ashley Smith's 2007 death is again working with the Correctional Service of Canada, but her position and date of hire are being kept secret.

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Cindy Berry was fired from Grand Valley Institution for Women on May 5, 2008. She subsequently complained to the Public Service Labour Relations Board, which scheduled her case for adjudication at the end of that year.
Through mediation, Berry worked out a mutually satisfying deal with the Correctional Service.
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Berry refused to comment when reached by phone at the Correctional Services Ontario regional headquarters.
I cant answer anything, thank you, she said before hanging up.
A Correctional Service spokesperson refused to confirm if Berry works for the agency or give her position.


Cindy Berry was fired from ...

www.therecord.com, 21 Mar 2013 [cached]

Cindy Berry was fired from Grand Valley Institution for Women on May 5, 2008. She subsequently complained to the Public Service Labour Relations Board, which scheduled her case for adjudication at the end of that year.

Through mediation, Berry worked out a mutually satisfying deal with the Correctional Service.
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Berry refused to comment when reached by phone at the Correctional Service's Ontario regional headquarters.
"I can't answer anything, thank you," she said before hanging up.
A Correctional Service spokesperson refused to confirm if Berry works for the agency or give her position.


Cindy Berry, former acting ...

www.therecord.com, $reference.date [cached]

Cindy Berry, former acting warden of Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, is shown outside the Ashley Smith choking inquest in Toronto on Monday.

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"I did not give any such direction," Berry said repeatedly.
Berry insisted she relied on her deputy Joanna Pauline to tell guards at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener when to enter Smith's cell.
Pauline has testified the instructions to guards came directly from Berry, who described her deputy as incompetent and prone to speaking "gibberish" in a crisis.
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Several middle managers have testified to raising their concerns directly with Berry, and challenging her on the instructions as to when to intervene with Smith.
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Berry either denied such interactions or said she could not remember any of them.
One guard has testified he told Berry he would rather face discipline for intervening too soon than for doing so too late.
"I did not hear his comments," Berry said.
Numerous incident reports sent to Berry describe in graphic detail how Smith, 19, of Moncton, N.B., would turn purple or show other clear signs of her self-strangulation.
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Berry essentially ignored the reports as she signed off on criticism of the officers for inappropriate or excessive use of force.
"Reading them now, after six years with a different mindset, staff should have gone in," she said of one incident.
She said she could not explain why she was unaware of the direction circulating throughout the prison that guards were to stay out of the cell if she was still breathing.
Berry said guards were to intervene when Smith was in medical distress.
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In her report to higher-ups on the tragedy, Berry said the prison's response to warnings that Smith was at extreme risk of suicide was to have an officer watch her through her cell-door window.
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"This officer was able to observe subtleties in breathing changes," Berry wrote.
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On the morning of Oct. 19, 2007, when Smith killed herself as guards videotaped but did not intervene, Berry rushed to the institution.
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"It was very inappropriate to do that at that time," Berry said.


Cindy ...

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Cindy Berry

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Cindy Berry, former acting warden of Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, is seen outside the Ashley Smith inquest in Toronto on Monday. next play/pause pre
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Testifying at the hearing into Ashley Smith's death, Cindy Berry said a senior correctional official in Ottawa shot down her request.
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Smith began acting out almost immediately on arriving in Kitchener, her second stint at the prison, said Berry, who was acting warden at the time.
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"She was more disruptive," Berry said.
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On Oct. 2, Berry asked the prison's former warden, Brinda Wilson-Demuth, who had been promoted to a senior position in Ottawa, to move Smith back to Nova as was originally planned.
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Of the senior managers at the facility, only one was in a permanent position: deputy warden Joanna Pauline, who was deemed a "poor leader" and totally incompetent, Berry said.
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Berry called the interest by top officials at national headquarters in Smith's case extraordinary.
Still, she got almost no feedback on the management plans. She assumed, she said, that meant the plans "were acceptable and met with their approval."
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Berry said guards were to stay outside unless Smith was in "medical distress."
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"If she wasn't breathing, she wasn't responding, she was losing consciousness," Berry said.
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"Use your discretion, experience and training to assess the situation and to act accordingly," Berry said she told guards when asked directly. "I understand now that it could have been a conflict."
She denied knowing they had been warned to stay out of Smith's segregation cell until she stopped breathing.

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