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