Queen's professor: Closing Kingston Penitentiary makes economic sense
Queen’s University political studies expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about the closure of Kingston Penitentiary.
Leuprecht, a national and international security expert, teaches political studies at Queen’s and says closing the historic jail makes economics sense.
“Kingston Penitentiary is probably Canada’s best-known prison and possibly it most notorious as a result of the maximum-security inmates it houses. By virtue of its age Kingston Pen is a disproportionately expensive institution to operate, so the economics of the closure are reasonably straight-forward,” says Dr. Leuprecht. “Some synergies will be harness from closing Kingston Penitentiary. The challenge is the knock-on effects. The receiving institutions, however, will make room in part by 'pushing down' some inmates to medium-security prisons, which in turn will make room by pushing some of their inmates to minimum-security and/or provincial facilities. Less secure facilities tend to offer fewer programs for prisoners, and provincial facilities often do not offer any programs at all.”
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