Manitoba's jails are packed and dangerous: Auditor General

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Joyanne Pursaga, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

The province lacks a comprehensive plan to deal with its skyrocketing prison population, according to Manitoba's auditor general.

Carol Bellringer acknowledged building enough cells to match a projection the inmate population will exceed capacity by 2,744 as of 2019-20 is unlikely, since it would cost more than $600 million.

"We did find that their planning was inadequate for the long-term needs," Bellringer said.

Over-crowded jails already resort to double-bunking, triple-bunking and converting recreation spaces into dorm-style spots for extra beds, thanks to a 111% population increase over the past eight fiscal years, the auditor found.

Even a former wood-working building at Headingley Correctional Centre, which often holds 145% of the inmates it was designed to, was transformed into a 64-bed dormitory.


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