To the raftersMost jails in the province are stuffed.
Here are recent inmate counts and the rated capacity of each provincial jail:
Agassiz Youth Centre, in-house population, 76, number of beds 100;
Brandon youth unit, in-house population, 10, number of beds 6;
Manitoba Youth Centre, in-house population, 181, number of beds 150;
The Pas youth centre, in-house population, 4, number of beds 4.
Brandon Correctional Centre, in-house population, 269, number of beds, 164;
Dauphin Correctional Centre, in-house population, 83, number of beds, 61;
Headingley Correctional Centre, in-house population, 755, number of beds, 485;
Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, in-house population, 315, number of beds, 300;
Portage Correctional Centre, in-house population, 71, number of beds, 35;
The Pas Correctional Centre, in-house population, 144, number of beds, 74;
Winnipeg Remand Centre, in-house population, 364, number of beds, 289.
Who's sentenced? Who's on remand?
The total in-house sentenced youth population is 271. Of those, 56 (21 per cent) are sentenced and 215 (70 per cent) are on remand or pretrial custody.
The total adult population is 2,001. Of those, 631 (32 per cent) are sentenced. The remand population is 1,370 (68 per cent).
Of the total inmate population in Manitoba, only 30 per cent are sentenced inmates.
Jail-building breakoutA new women's jail at Headingley at a cost of more than $25 million
Spending another $25 million to add 80 more "beds" to the Brandon Correctional Centre, which was the scene of a riot last October that guards blamed on inmate overcrowding. The women's jail opens next year.
The province is also adding 64 medium-security beds to the Milner Ridge Correctional Centre near Lac du Bonnet, bringing its capacity to 364 inmates. The new expansion follows on the heels of a 150-bed expansion at Milner Ridge last year. The province has said it's using modular or prefabricated construction to make those new cells available as quickly as possible. The total project is about $17 million.
The Pas Correctional Centre is also being rebuilt to add 40 new minimum- to low-medium security spaces in a dorm-style layout. The cost is estimated at $3 million.
The Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie has also been expanded by 40 cells.
And for all you people who think jail is such a good deal, you've obviously never seen one, never mind spent time there.
When you throw someone in jail it usually means society has failed. Winning the "War on Crime" will take a lot more than trying to hide the issue in jails. The answer lies in producing fewer criminals. By the time someone hits the legal system it's usually too late.