‘Those who were youths were harmed in a severe and lifelong manner that deserves particular attention,’ judge finds
Patients who were subjected to “degrading and inhumane” experimental treatments at the former Oak Ridge maximum-security psychiatric facility in Penetanguishene have been awarded a total of just under $10 million.
The awards for the 28 patients range from $1,000 up to $2.7 million for a vulnerable teenager in “mental agony” who was shackled naked to other patients, including a sex offender.
In 1975, after running away, stealing and breaking into cars, he was sent to Oak Ridge at age 16, when he was described as a misbehaving schoolboy. For the next two years, he was placed with serial killers and sexual predators.
Barker was involved in all three programs, which included a 70-day-plus “particularly harmful” stint in a program they called defence disruptive therapy.
But he pointed to the administration of the drug scopolamine, which induced a psychotic episode. He testified his psychotic condition was more extreme when he left Oak Ridge than when he arrived, resulting in more violent fantasies.