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Federal prisons overflow; Vic Toews clamps down on prison porn


 

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The Conservative government’s so-called “tough on crime” agenda is creating a predictable crunch in federal prisons. According to documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, prisoners have been sleeping in trailers, interview rooms and gymnasiums in recent years, even as the number of inmates sleeping two-to-a-one-person-cell continues to climb.

Federal incarceration rates have been climbing of late after remaining generally static or falling for decades. From the Globe:

Part of the latest increase can be attributed to the government’s tough-on-crime agenda. At the same time, the government will lose 1,000 beds after it closes aging penal facilities such as Kingston Penitentiary and Leclerc Institution in Laval, Que., but says it will more than make up the difference with new units.

The Office of the Correctional Investigator has fielded increasing complaints from both inmates and corrections staff about double-bunking. Two areas of concern are the Edmonton Institute for Women, where women have been housed in interview rooms and family visiting areas, and Kitchener, Ont.’s Grand Valley Institution, which set up a trailer for up to 16 women inmates. Across Canada, the percentage of inmates double-bunking rose from 9.4 in August, 2009 to 17.4 in April, 2012 – nearly three times the historic low of 6.1 per cent in 2004.

Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced plans Wednesday to make more inmates pay for their own room and board while incarcerated. One thing he doesn’t want them to pay for, however, is porn.


 
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Federal prisons overflow; Vic Toews clamps down on prison porn

  1. I’m sure the guards must be thrilled that the inmates can no longer be distracted by porn. Get ready for more prison riots…

  2. Sure-fire plan for success! Crowd more prisoners in and take away their porn. I’m glad I don’t work as a prison guard.

  3. One thing he doesn’t want them to pay for, however, is porn

  4. he is hoping the prison rape statistics will rise, crowd them all together and leave them frustrated. Good job, knowing this minister he probably gets off on it…

  5. In provincial prisons they are sometimes crowded in three to one!

  6. Even prisoners deserved to be treated humanely. Two and three prisoners to a cell meant for only one is not humane. However, this report says nothing about how female prisoners are being treated. Can you picture three women having to share a cell?

  7. Step 1: Make the public prison system unmaintainable.
    Step 2: Sell it off to private enterprise to “handle the problem”
    Step 3: Collect kickback cheques.

  8. Considering that the new cell facilities are already construction on the Kingston area pen grounds, the issue of new beds is moot. Why are women prisoners still being treated in a manner not found for men? That is the worst part of the system.

  9. We are creating a system where rehabilitation is of no concern. The Conservatives brag we are not building any new prisons and to keep their word they pack people in to spaces which would barely be allowed for feed lot operators. More prisoners no new recreational facilities therefore more empty time. Heroin sells for less than tobacco (tobacco sells for $200 a roll your own pouch) so more drug addicts being release who have to support their new habits. The Stephen Harper solution.