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U.S. report on overcrowding prison populations a harbinger for Canadian prisons, say critics, experts

A new U.S. report on exploding federal prison populations is a harbinger of overcrowding and soaring costs in Canada’s federal and provincial jails because of a series of crime laws passed by the federal government since 2009, say Canada’s federal prison ombudsman, opposition MPs, and a prominent criminal defence lawyer.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, pictured in this file photo. A spokesperson for Mr. Toews pointed out that the government has plans to build new federal correctional service cells in preparation for the influx from its new laws.

 

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U.S. report on overcrowding prison populations a harbinger for Canadian prisons, say critics, experts

A new U.S. report on exploding federal prison populations is a harbinger of overcrowding and soaring costs in Canada’s federal and provincial jails because of a series of crime laws passed by the federal government since 2009, say Canada’s federal prison ombudsman, opposition MPs, and a prominent criminal defence lawyer.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, pictured in this file photo. A spokesperson for Mr. Toews pointed out that the government has plans to build new federal correctional service cells in preparation for the influx from its new laws.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE