Canada’s Prison Numbers and Costs Are Rising

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada’s prisons were a little fuller last year, with an almost 1 percent increase in the rate of adults serving time, according to the Toronto Sun.

The cost to run prisons went up to handle it, too.

During the 2010-2011 year, there were approximately 38,000 adults in prison, according to a report by Statistics Canada. Roughly 36 percent were serving sentences of two years or more — a 3 percent increase in the rate of incarceration in federal Canadian penitentiaries over the year before.

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