Coalition Against the Proposed Prison info session

decroative poster for the info session

Kemptville’s Coalition Against the Proposed Prison (CAPP) finished an amazing info session about the proposed prison in Kemptville (slated to be finished by 2027) and heard from experts in the field of incarceration, prison abolition, prisoners’ rights and alternatives to cages. watch the video here.

You will hear:
•From experts in the field of incarceration, prison abolition and construction, and alternatives to confinement
•An Indigenous political leader’s perspective on prison expansion
•Innovative ideas for preserving the targeted farmland as an agricultural and educational resource
•A positive vision for the future of Kemptville and North Grenville
•A lively Q &A discussion

Sign The Petition Here! It will automatically send a letter to the province saying: #NOPE | No to Ontario Prison Expansion and #YESS | Yes to Equity and Social Supports. Tell Premier Ford and company to #BuildCommunitiesNotCages.

Speakers include:
1. Aaron Doyle, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
2. Bryonie Baxtor, Former Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society and local resident
3. Kim Beaudin, Vice-Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
4. Paul Cormier, M.A., M.Ed., RANA Developments Inc., Agritech Alliance Canada, local businessperson
5. Kirk Albert, Jail Opposition Group and local resident
6. Marie-Therese Voutsinos, B.Sc. Biol., Agr., M.Sc. Agr and local resident
7. Justin Piché, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa

According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, it costs an average of $264 per day or $96,360 per year to imprison just one person in Ontario’s jails and prisons. If the Government of Ontario builds a new 235-bed prison in Kemptville, it’ll cost up to $22.6 million a year just to cover the operations of the facility. It’ll cost hundreds of millions more to pay for the 30-year public-private-partnership mortgage to design, build, finance and maintain the prison. With the funds earmarked to cover the operational costs alone, the province could implement any one of the following measures instead that would actually enhance community well-being and safety in Eastern Ontario.

Click on the images below by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project’s Audrey Monette to view them in a larger size.