This is part of the ongoing emphasis on crime platform that Tories seem to make their specialty. I guess it is OK to have men only jails! At least the drug treatment plan is a step forward.
Tories add new jail to election promises
Last Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2007 | 2:55 PM ET
Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives promised Thursday to build a $70 million jail for men if the party is elected to power in the May 22 provincial election.
Party leader Hugh McFadyen said the 300 cells at the medium-security facility would provide relief from crowded facilities in Headingley and Brandon, and at the Remand Centre in Winnipeg.
Criminals are often released too quickly because there is not enough space to hold them, McFadyen said.
In addition, the party expects the jail population would rise under a Conservative government due to other promises to increase law enforcement and prosecutions, track parole breaches more closely, and request federal reforms for stricter sentencing.
Because many offenders are battling addictions, the new jail would specialize in drug-treatment programs, he added.
"It involves the separation of inmates who have addictions from those who don't, and provides for some very specialized opportunities for treatment within a prison setting," McFadyen said.
"Studies have indicated that this kind of approach can reduce the return to criminal activity by as much as 50 per cent."
McFadyen estimated it would cost about $15 million a year to run the new jail.
The Conservatives have not identified a preferred site, but said the proposed facility would probably be located outside Winnipeg.