Canada’s prisons overcrowded: report

 

Canadian prison ombudsman Howard Sapers, shown in this September photo, will release his annual report.Canadian prison ombudsman Howard Sapers, shown in this September photo, will release his annual report.(Patrick Doyle/Canadian Press)

A new report on the state of Canada’s prisons reveals overcrowded and aging facilities, where inmates wait years for access to rehabilitation programs.

Howard Sapers, the federal ombudsman for prisons, will release his annual report Friday. In it, he also questions how the government plans to cope with the 30 per cent increase in inmates expected as a result of its agenda to get tough on crime.

Double bunking is just one way Canada’s prison system is attempting to cope with the influx of thousands of new inmates, even though it contravenes prison standards set by the United Nations, says a copy of the report obtained by CBC News.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/11/04/prison-report004.html#ixzz14KIh3h2j

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