|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17,
officers to visit Sampson for answers
TORONTO - Ontario correctional officers will pay a visit to
their boss today to demand answers about his governments plan for wholesale
privatization of correctional services.
Date: Friday, Dec. 17, 1999
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Constituency office of Rob Sampson,
1100 Central Parkway, Mississauga
Ex-banker Sampson was named Minister of Correctional
Services on June 17, 1999. On Nov. 19, he announced plans to contract out inmate escorts,
food preparation, expanded "boot camps," and operation of the new, 1,200-bed
superjail planned for Penetanguishene.
"Corrections workers and the people of Penetanguishene
were told by [former Corrections head] Bob Runciman that that superjail would be
publicly-run," says Barry Scanlon, a correctional officer and spokesman for the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union. "He said it was because there were too
many unanswered questions about safety at a private facility.
"The U.S. experience with private jails is one long
story of riots, murders, corruption, and greed," says Scanlon. "Wed like
to know why Sampson thinks the story wont repeat itself in Ontario."
An angry public meeting in Penetanguishene last night was
furious that local Tory MPP Garfield Dunlop did not show up. All participants, including
the Mayor and town council members, were adamantly opposed to private operation of the
superjail now under construction.
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For more information:
Randy Robinson (416) 315-2982 (cell)
Don Ford (416) 723-8420 (cell)
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