Ottawa says public consultations suggest there is strong support – for reopening prison farms – which were mothballed in several provinces six years ago.
The results of a Correctional Service of Canada online survey between June 2nd and August 4th suggest there is widespread recognition of the perceived value of institutional agribusiness – and strong support for re-establishing the farms.
The agency says the main factors that support the idea include the need to help the rehabilitation of inmates – and the positive impact the farms could have in communities.
The CSC also says survey respondents identified conditions that would need to be in effect for the farms to succeed – including partnerships with local communities and outreach programs.
The closure in 2010 of Canada’s prison farms at institutions in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta was highly controversial.
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