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article imageThe danger of double-bunking in Canadian prisons

By Owen Weldon     Jun 19, 2011 in World
Across Canada, prisons are “double-bunking” and this could make the facilities much more dangerous, according to the ombudsman for federal prisoners.
Federal inmates in Canada that share a cell has risen up to 13 percent from 10.7 percent, according to a report that was released by the department last year. This number could rise even higher, up to 30 percent before any new facilities are even available in prisons.
Howard Sapers is a correctional investigator in Canada and he believes that because of double-bunking, a rise in violence is happening. Prisons are already reporting more violent incidents.
The extent of this problem is not really known but officials are sure that there is a connection between overcrowded correctional centers and the increasing number of violent incidents. They are not really sure how much of a role double-bunking plays in the increase of violent incidents at correctional centers.
Canadian correctional facilities have also been in the news recently for an expansion project. Vic Toews, the Public Safety Minister, is overseeing the $2-billion expansion project. The project is aimed at providing 3,400 extra prisoners with appropriate accommodation. The prison population is expected to increase by 20 percent in the very near future, according to NationalPost.
Toews is most concern about people who are suffering from mental illnesses making their way into prisons across Canada. Toews believes that sending more people with mental problems to prison is the wrong way to get them the cure they need.
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