B.C. shackled with private-prison experiment / More debate needed before province puts giant prison in the Okanagan

Source: Daphne Bramham, Edmonton Journal, July 25, 2011

….. One solution for cash-strapped B.C. is private prisons…… Canada’s only experiment with a private prison ended badly in 2006 when the Ontario government took back the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene from Management and Training Corp. While the private prison saved Ontario money, a study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the province’s publicly run ones had better security, better prisoner health care and – perhaps more importantly – reduced repeat offender rates. On all accounts, the American experience has been dismal.

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