Auditor-General Report Predicts Prison Overcrowding Problem
2,700 new cells will be added to 37 facilities by 2015.
A large part of the overcrowding will result from a decline in discretionary releases by the Parole Board.
The Auditor-General also found fault with government for not looking at whether population pressures were making it more difficult for inmates to be transferred to lower-security facilities. Inmates are more likely to be granted parole from a low-security institution.
Overcrowding is considered a factor that contributes to more violence in prisons.
News coverage of the report:
- Auditor general finds prison expansions aren't keeping pace (CBC News, May 6, 2014)
- Highlights from the 2014 spring auditor general’s report (Global News, May 6, 2014)
- Canadian prison overcrowding going to get worse in long-term, auditor general reports (National Post, May 6, 2014)
- Auditor general’s report: Prison system opted for short-term fixes, not long-term needs (Toronto Star, May 6, 2014)
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