Ontario jail overcrowding at six year high

29 July 2013Reading

The Canadian Press via National Post:

Nearly half of Ontario’s jails are overcrowded, a six-year high that sees cells meant for two people at times hold three or more as the province struggles with a rising tide of inmates who have yet to have their day in court.

Statistics by the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections reveal that on an average day last year 14 of the province’s 29 jails held more prisoners than they were designed for.

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The province expects its daily prisoner count to jump by more than 1,500 inmates within two years as a result of tougher crime laws passed by the Harper government, said Craig MacBride, spokesman for Corrections Minister Madeleine Meilleur.

A worrying trend, in stark contrast to the previous post.