Prison overcrowding By: Beth Kelly, Karlee Atkinson, Taylor Burciul and Peter Kotowitch Definition: a demand for space in prisons exceeds the planned capacity Statistics
Costs taxpayers 3 billion dollars a year for correctional services, including policing its approx $10 million There are 35,000 persons locked up in Canadian jails, giving Canada one of the highest incarceration rates among western industrialised countries Cost of incarcerating a Federal female prisoner (2004/5): $150,000-$250,000 per prisoner/per year It costs $88,000 a year to keep a male in federal prisons, but only $55,000 to keep the same person in a provincial jail The Cost of incarcerating a provincial prisoner (2004/5) $141.78: per prisoner/per day. The cost of alternatives such as probation, bail supervision and community supervision range from $5-$25/day. The percentage of prisoners double-bunked is 17.4 per cent nationally in Canada. Overcrowding is the biggest problem in the Prairies, where 26 per cent of inmates are now double-bunked. 51% of those inmates sharing a single cell felt threatened by their cellmate. Impact and effects:
Incarcerated Person: can cause psychological damage, when more prisoners are crammed into smaller areas. Prisoners become frustrated and angry when they do not receive their fare share of resources in their prison. it can cause anti-social behaviour, stress, anxiety and suffer panic attacks that can lead to more violence Family: They might lose their privileges due to the acting out from the added stress and anxiety, which could mean they can't see their family, which in turn affects their spouses and children When they are released back into society: did not receive sufficient rehabilitation or drug therapy during incarceration, they will not be ready to re-enter the community and could quickly reoffend. Prisoners may leave angry and frustrated, which can lead to further violence or drug usage Staff: Their working lives are made much more...
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