Ontario N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on Commmunity Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur to personally intervene in what Horwath calls the "crisis" at Hamilton's Barton Street Jail.
The facility continues under a lockdown as staff from outside the city fill in for Corrections officer who are refusing to go back inside unless they can wear protective vests.
In a release Saturday morning, Horwath says she has no reason to doubt staff's cause for concern.
She says the lockdown is not in the best interests of anyone, including Corrections staff, management, inmates and the public.
Horwath adds that the personal safety concerns of Corrections workers cannot be ignored.