Sunday, July 15, 2012

More Prisons and More Double Bunking

The Conservative party again proves itself to be the party that enacts policy without proper research. New to this long list is Vic Toews statements about double bunking. With Billions of dollars being flooded into the correctional system one would hope that some of the new cells in existing facilities would reduce double bunking. But the conservative say the expansion to the prison system won`t be used to reduce double bunking.

Double bunking is when a cell which was initially built for one prisoner has two inside. This is being increasingly used in Canada and the Conservative party is offering no help to this issue. 
The percentage of inmates sharing cells built for one has more than tripled since 2004. Incidents of prison violence have also risen.
Corrections Canada states that double bunking is ``inappropriate as a permanent accommodation`` .The UN   also recommends against such practice. The government`s non logical policies when it comes to double bunking will cause more violence inside the prisons and lead to major risks of correctional workers inside prisons
“It’s going to become more dangerous for us, but at the end of the day, when the inmate ends up back on the street, is the public any safer? Not under this government,” said Jason Godin, Ontario regional president for the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers. “Part of our mandate is the rehabilitation process. And, quite frankly, [that is] being lost.”
This government is so busy putting people in jail for small offences that they show little interest about rehabilitation and the safety of government employees.

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