Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 02, 2016 15:05 ET

Feasibility Study on the Future of Kingston Area Penitentiary Agribusiness Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 2, 2016) - The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is pleased to announce that it will be launching a feasibility study, which will include an online and in-person consultation process, to review the decision to cease its agribusiness operations.

This process will assess the effectiveness and viability of re-establishing agriculture and agri-food employment initiatives for offenders at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions.

CSC will offer an online forum where stakeholders from government, business, and the community will be invited to share their opinions. This online forum will be open from June 2 to August 2, 2016.

In addition to the online forum, a town hall meeting will be held in Kingston, Ontario to allow local residents, business leaders and other stakeholders to voice their perspectives. Details about the town hall will follow.

Once the feasibility study is complete, the findings will be posted publicly.

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"Our government understands that an effective criminal justice system is built on evidence-based policies that promote public safety and the reintegration of offenders. That's why we will be reviewing the cost and effectiveness of reinstating the prison farm program at Collins bay and Joyceville Institutions, and encouraging citizens, business leaders and other interested stakeholders to share their visions for what the program could look like."

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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History of CORCAN and the evolution of prison industries

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