The Brockville prison has more than doubled its capacity as provincial prisons in Kingston are renovated

Ontario is taking significant steps to address overcrowding in provincial prisons. The new Brockville prison complex is expected to more than double its capacity with the addition of 184 new beds.

This expansion will be supported by the employment of up to 200 additional prison staff, including nurses, prison officers and support staff.

In addition to the Brockville expansion, the government’s plan includes building two new prisons in Eastern Ontario: the Eastern Ontario Correctional Complex in Kemptville and the Brockville Correctional Complex.

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MPP Steve Clark called the announcement good news for Brockville.

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“The new Brockville prison complex and the expansion of St. “Lawrence Valley will bring new jobs to the people of our community and help keep our neighborhoods safe by putting dangerous criminals where they belong: in prison,” Clark said in a statement to Global News. “This is an important project for our government as we work to keep our communities safe.”

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Prison and therapeutic center St. Lawrence Valley will also be expanded to include a women’s treatment unit, and the Quinte Detention Center will be expanded to improve inmate programming and increase the number of women.

These initiatives are part of a $500 million government investment to modernize adult correctional services by upgrading infrastructure and hiring new staff.

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