Manitoba Studies Prison Expansion with Advisory Panel

The Manitoba government has appointed a three-person panel to advise on the creation of new jails in the province.

The board will include Richard Bruce, former chief of the Brandon Police Service, Lucille Bruce, executive director of the Native Women’s Transition Centre, and Dennis Bracken, a professor of social work at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba.

The three will advise Justice Minister Andrew Swan on correctional programming, expansion and services.

“Their input, based on feedback from Manitobans and best practices in other provinces, will help guide our planning,” Swan said. “Our priority is to protect Manitoba families, which means making sure criminals are securely behind bars and have access to programs and skills training that reduce the likelihood they will reoffend when they’re released.”

There have been 520 new beds added to Manitoba jails since 1999, with 422 currently under construction.

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