ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Correctional staff at a women's jail in Newfoundland and Labrador have been cleared of any wrongdoing following allegations of excessive force last November.
The RCMP said Wednesday it has finished its investigation of complaints at the Clarenville Correctional Centre for Women.
The Mounties said the complaints have ''no merit'' and the investigation is closed.
The allegations of prisoner abuse were made Nov. 7 by a woman who had been remanded to the facility while awaiting trial.
She complained, among other things, that when she first arrived five guards - three female and two male - tried to hold her down and perform a cavity search for contraband.
Corrections rules say only a doctor is allowed to perform a cavity search.