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Prison farms may reopen: Liberals

July 17, 2016

CBC News recently reported that the Liberal government was considering to reopen a farming program that was intended for inmates to develop work skills.  During the time of the Conservative government, six farms from this program were shut down in various provinces, like Ontario and Alberta, in 2010.  This controversial action prompted concerns over the government’s apparent lack of consideration for the importance of these farms for inmates’ development.  According to Correctional Services Canada, inmates did multiple tasks in the program, ranging from feeding cattle to general usage of various farm vehicles and other machines.  This program not only provided food for prisons and local food banks; it also resulted in economic benefits through the program’s overall produce.

 

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