FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 4, 2000
creating a crisis in provincial jails
HAMILTON - Provincial correctional staff at the Hamilton-Wentworth
Detention Centre say they are being used as pawns by a Minister who
wants to privatize at any cost.
To highlight their concerns, correctional officers and support
staff will hold an information and protest picket outside the
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2000
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Media conference at 12:15)
Place: Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre
165 Barton Street East, HAMILTON
"Corrections minister Rob Sampson is creating problems inside
our jails so that he can argue that the system must be improved,"
says Ed Almeida, a correctional officer and president of Local 248 at
the jail. "We are understaffed, and new ministry recreation and
lock-down policies are raising tensions and bringing inmate
hostilities to the boiling point."
Almeida accuses the Tories of artificially inflating costs and
creating instability to justify privatization of correctional
services. "Sampson says that he needs to improve the system, yet
his policies are eroding quality public service. Itís time that the
public be made aware of the truth."
Corrections Critics Peter Kormos (NDP) and David Levac (Liberal)
will attend the event.
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For more information:
Ed Almeida (905) 574-5943
Don Ford (416) 723-8430