The number of penitentiaries listed for expansion in a $2-billion federal prison-building boom will rise to more than two dozen Monday as Conservative MPs make announcements on eight prisons in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
- three minimum-security prisons in Ontario are each expected to get 50 new cells
- A 96-cell addition at Quebec’s medium-security Cowansville Institution is also anticipated, along with new cells at another Quebec prison.
Announcements will be made related to new cells at two prisons in Saskatchewan and the maximum-security Edmonton Institution
- 50 more cells at the minimum-security Pittsburgh Institution in Kingston.
- 50 more at minimum-security Frontenac Institution in Kingston.
-50 cell expansion at Gravenhurst.
Construction would take place at institutions “in locations where we expect the greatest increases in offender population".
Greatest increases in offender population?
Odd, because Canada's crime rate has fallen every year since 1991.(that's almost 20 years of decline)
In fact the latest stats available for 2009, showed a further decline and make note of the fact the crime rate is "about 17% lower than a decade ago." in 1999.
Considering Canada has an aging population, one is left wondering, who are these prisons being built for?
Is the Canadian government going to make new laws that criminalize more people?
The answer to that question is Yes, the government has already begun to make changes that will increase incarceration.
Also interesting to note:
One legislative change alone — the abolishment of the two-for-one pre-trial custody credit — is expected to add 4,000 more inmates to the system over the next five years. The government is moving ahead with other proposals including tightened parole rules and more mandatory minimum sentences.
Corrections Canada recently altered its internal guidelines to permit more double bunking.So how many more prisoners can these expansions actually hold? With all these additional new cells and the allowance for more double bunking??
Of course, the Harper government Public Safety Minister Vic Teows is claiming this is all about making" criminals pay their full debt to society" and"to ensure dangerous crooks stay locked up as long as possible,”
But the crime rate has declined for almost 20 years! In one 10 year period the crime rate declined 17 percent. More prison space, doesn't appear to make much sense.
Unless there is another agenda at play?
The question that has to be asked - Is PM Harper building the public system into a system large and viable enough to function as a "prison for profit" system? As in the US?
I am pretty sure that before a prison for profit system can really be "profitable", one would need to have a certain amount of prisoners.
Some interesting reading on prisons for profit: Big business or slavery
And here is an interesting piece-"Prison labor is poised to become one of America's most important growth industries."
Prison Labour as a growth industry?
Is the Harper government, growing an industry???