Ashley Smith jurors to tour Ontario prison where teen died

KITCHENER, Ont. – Jurors at an inquest probing the death of a troubled teenage prison inmate will spend today taking a tour of the facility where she died.

Ashley Smith was 19 when she choked to death at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont.

The five women on the panel are scheduled to visit the facility to observe how segregated prisoners are handled.

Smith had spent years being shuttled back and forth between the country’s prisons and passed much of her time behind bars in isolation.

An inquest probing her death is exploring the circumstances of her death, which was videotaped by guards who were ordered not to intervene.

The presiding coroner has also said the inquest should examine the way the prison system treats the mentally ill.