Thursday, May 08, 2014

Auditor-General Report Predicts Prison Overcrowding Problem

In a report released earlier this week, Auditor-General Michael Ferguson explained that the federal prison system could face overcrowding just a few years after the Canadian government adds thousands more new cells.

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.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:28 pm


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