Canada reviewing prison farms – have your say!
According to one 2013 case study prison farms:
- provide much needed rehabilitation programs: development of work ethic and responsibility skills, animal therapy, productive labour and physical exercise, working collaboratively with others, and training in farm management and operation.
- Have been proven to prevent re-offending and increase employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated persons.
- Could offset the cost of food contracts within correctional facilities for milk, eggs, beef, poultry, and produce and provide food for local food banks.
Despite public protests, six federally funded prison farms were shut down between 2009 and 2011, two of which were closely embedded in the Kingston community. The new government, under Public Safety Canada, has launched a “feasibility study” on restoring the two Kingston farms. This is our chance to restore these prison farms!
We encourage you to write to
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Let the minister know the importance of re-instating prison farms in Kingston. Letters need to be sent before August 2nd when the public consultation ends.
Read case studies with detailed evaluation information about prison farms.
Please also share your letters with us (bcc an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a copy of your letter to 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 3P6).