Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Blame overcrowding for prison riots
October 5, 2009
Manitoba jail guards say a weekend riot shows inmate overcrowding in the province is growing worse.
Paul Olfert, head of the union representing the guards, said if the province doesn't get a new jail, someone will be seriously hurt or killed.
At an emergency meeting Olfert had with Manitoba Justice Minister Dave Chomiak on Monday, Chomiak agreed to interim measures, including setting up portable units at the correctional centres in Brandon and Headingley, Olfert said. However, Olfert said no timeline was provided for when those measures would be implemented.
Manitoba jail populations (as of Monday):
Brandon Correctional Centre: capacity, 164; actual, 239 (282 at the time of Sunday's riot; some have since been moved).
Headingley Correctional Centre: capacity, 485; actual, 720.
Winnipeg Remand Centre: capacity, 289; actual, 406.
Manitoba Youth Centre: capacity, 150; actual, 173.
The Pas Correctional Centre: capacity, 74; actual, 111.
Portage Women's Jail: capacity, 35; actual, 61.
Dauphin Correctional Centre: capacity, 61; actual, 70.
Agassiz Youth Centre: capacity, 100; actual, 73.
Milner Ridge Correctional Centre: capacity, 284; actual, 283.
Source: Manitoba Government and General Employees Union