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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Sustainable Justice Workshop: Turning Green Guide to Justice Principles into Practice

TORONTO — The interactive Sustainable Justice (SJ) workshop at the upcoming Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) 2012 Fall Conference in Toronto will be held on Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at HDR Architecture, 255 West Adelaide Street, Toronto.

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Canada to Expand Prisons

Canada will invest $155.5 million in Canadian dollars to construct prisons in Ontario and Quebec, according to reports.

Vic Toews, public safety minister for the Canadian government, said in a statement to Parliament that Canada will build new “living units” with a total of 580 beds. The prison system is planning the expansion on both provinces to deal with a rising crime rate there.  Construction will begin in early 2011 and is expected to go through 2013.

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