FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 29, 2014) – The government is failing our inmate population, as well as our province, by failing to implement strategies to support and direct offenders in their return to society, says NDP Leader Mike Redmond.
“It’s past time that Justice Minister Sherry and her colleagues adopted best practices for the treatment and rehab of inmates with addictions and mental health issues. One useful model employed in Nova Scotia, is a court-supervised mandatory treatment program that emphasizes treatment and reintegration,” the NDP leader said.
He indicated that one study shows that for every dollar spent on addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs, there is a $4 to $7 reduction in the cost of drug-related crimes. “This is a growing problem that needs to be dealt with head-on,” he said.
Redmond points to reports of inmates sleeping 20 hours a day without direction, and a lack of professional development for staff, as showing some of the problems stemming from a lack of case management structure within the justice system.
The NDP leader says the Ghiz Government must take immediate steps to address the challenges of inmate rehabilitation and reintegration, so as to avoid great social and financial costs in future. He said his party is committed to best practices standards in this area.
Leader, NDP PEI