As part of a commitment to reform and transform Ontario’s correction system, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro announced today that funding has been approved for the construction of a new 325-bed multi-purpose correctional centre to replace the existing Thunder Bay Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. This investment will help increase capacity and reduce overcrowding at provincial institutions by taking a new, collaborative approach to infrastructure that engages staff, justice partners, and communities. Infrastructure funding for new institutions was identified in the 2017 budget. In addition, our government is establishing a Community Advisory Board for Thunder Bay. Currently used in ten other provincial correctional institutions, community advisory boards strengthen the links between Ontario correctional institutions and the communities that host them. The board members act as independent observers offering a local perspective concerning the care, supervision, and programs for offenders. The board acts in an advisory capacity to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and provides advice on all aspects of facility operations including: the operation of the institution and the impact on the community; the state of the institution; the administration of the institution; and the treatment of inmates.
“Construction of a new jail for Thunder Bay has been a major priority for me and my colleague Michael Gravelle, as well as our province for some time now. This new facility will address the current health and safety conditions faced by our correctional staff and inmates living conditions. I would like to thank our Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Marie-France Lalonde for her support of our local priorities as we continue investments in Thunder Bay's core provincial infrastructure.”
— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
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