Overstretched Canadian Prisons are in Crisis

Canada’s prison system is already a disaster, and mandatory minimums sentences would create a “dangerous” influx of new inmates.

That is what Canada’s prison watchdog told the Commons public safety committee:

Correctional investigator Howard Sapers says the prison system is already overstretched to the breaking point. He told the Commons public safety committee that a spike of offenders with mental illnesses has increased pressure on staff and inmates.

Long wait lists for rehabilitation programs – including for sex offenders – mean many prisoners are released without full treatment.

The Harper government’s plans to increase a range of mandatory minimum sentences could swell the prison population.

Sapers says more prison staff and better access to rehabilitation programs will be crucial before that happens. [Canadian Press]

Bill C-15 is the Conservative government’s proposed legislation that would introduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes in Canada, including six months in prison for just a few plants – and the Liberal opposition seems to be supporting the bill.

I know it seems hard to believe that any government, no matter their ideological bent, would support policies that have proven so destructive in the United States and have been largely condemned by the international community – but leave it to Canadians to think outside the box!

Click here to find out how to effectively oppose Bill C-15. Let’s stop these logic-stunted politicians from turning our beloved country into a giant gulag.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.