Despite running a tough-on-crime agenda, tabling the obnoxious omnibus punishment legislation, scaring votes out of the public and promising to BUILD sixteen billion dollars worth of new prisons across the country, our wonderful Conservative Government of Canada (note how I use their descriptive terminology of choice…because I sure do not feel they deserve the title of Government of Canada) is actually closing down prisons (and rehab centres too). The irony.
I lived next door to King Pen for two years as I slogged away at grad school. As far as prison architecture and location goes, it has few Canadian rivals. It was a great land use example of where NIMBY’ism crawls out of the suburbs and dies.