Reinstate the Prison Farm Program run by the Correctional Service of Canada
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When Canadian prisoners were farming, they were gaining transferrable employment skills, contributing to their own keep by producing food for the prison populations, producing food for local food banks AND benefitting from therapeutic interactions with animals. When surveyed, 92% of Canadians agreed that the farms should stay open. A co-op in Kingston has reserved the genetic line of the prison farm herd and the infrastructure remains standing and available for use. The Americans are now starting to use a program which we successfully modelled for decades. Recently instituted increases in sentences mean more expenses for Canadian taxpayers but (as the signs used to say) Canadian prisoners could return to "paying their way through agriculture". Canadian prison farms should be re-opened while it remains easy to do. The benefits for community safety, the taxpayer and the prisoners themselves are beyond reproach. I am personally awed by the continuing commitment of the good people from "Restore our Prison Farms" and the Prison farm herd co-operative and I want to see Canadians get behind their efforts to keep pressure on the government to restore this invaluable program.
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