Woman who killed girl, 8, moved from prison to ‘healing lodge’ with no walls where children can visit
A convicted killer who murdered an eight-year-old girl has sparked outrage in Canada after she was transferred from prison to a ‘healing lodge’ with no walls.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, 28, kidnapped and murdered Ontario schoolgirl Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford with her then partner, Michael Rafferty, in 2009.
The pair lured the youngster into their vehicle and drove her 100 kilometres north, where she was repeatedly raped by Rafferty and then killed with a claw hammer.
McClintic was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 with no parole for 25 years.
Now Tori’s family have been left furious after McClintic was transferred to Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, in Saskatchewan, in September.
The institution is managed by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and is listed as medium-security institution for women.
The CSC runs an institutional mother-child program, meaning that children younger than school age could also be inside the facility living with their incarcerated mothers.
Older children are also permitted to visit the facility, where ‘teachings, ceremonies, and workshops’ take place.
‘She’s in a healing lodge with no walls, no bars, and with children living inside,’ Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said in a party campaign against the decision.
‘It’s absolutely reprehensible that a child killer is living alongside children.
‘Terri-Lynne McClintic belongs behind bars.’
The CSC told the National Post that they could not say how many children are currently residing at Okimaw Ohci.
Inmates have also been known to escape from healing lodges, with the publication stating that a total of 18 people had managed to break free between 2011 and 2016.
Tori’s family have since spoken out about their anger at the transfer in hopes that it will be overturned.
‘I was very upset because the magnitude of this crime, somebody like that should not be warranted a free pass,’ Tori’s father Rodney Stafford told CBC News.
‘She’s there for a conviction. She should be in a maximum security prison serving a life sentence.
‘She shouldn’t get any privileges. If she needs a doctor or a dentist then bring them into the facility.’
Healing lodges are intended to address the high rate of Indigenous incarceration in Canada, where they make up approximately 25% of male prisoners and 36% of women.
However, those who live there do not have to be indigenous and it is unclear whether McClintic falls into this category.
Okimaw Ohci was built in 1995 and was the first of the nine healing lodges in the country.