Ottawa adds $158 M to prison spending spree

As expected, Ottawa unveiled another significant round of prison building initiatives today, part of the Conservative government’s scramble to get cells built swiftly enough to accommodate a surging prison population. The number of convicts going to penitentiaries is spiralling upward because of Tory get-tough tactics. The announcements today total $158 million in spending on 624 new cells at eight prisons in four provinces.

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