SURVEY ABOUT PRISON FARMS IN CANADA MAY LEAD TO THEM COMING BACK

Nov 09, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Ottawa says public consultations suggest there is strong support – for reopening prison farms – which were mothballed in several provinces six years ago.

The results of a Correctional Service of Canada online survey between June 2nd and August 4th suggest there is widespread recognition of the perceived value of institutional agribusiness – and strong support for re-establishing the farms.

The agency says the main factors that support the idea include the need to help the rehabilitation of inmates – and the positive impact the farms could have in communities.

The CSC also says survey respondents identified conditions that would need to be in effect for the farms to succeed – including partnerships with local communities and outreach programs.

The closure in 2010 of Canada’s prison farms at institutions in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta was highly controversial.

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