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View Linda Lapointe Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Linda Lapointe Profile
2019-02-26 17:44 [p.25828]
Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for her question and comments.
The reality is that the inmates in question, because we are not talking about all inmates here, are too dangerous or disruptive to be safely housed in the mainstream prison population. Right now, they can leave their cells for two hours a day. Once the bill is passed, they will be entitled to spend four hours outside their cell, and that will be enshrined in law. What is more, they will have to have human contact, be it with correctional officers, health care professionals or chaplains, to create ties and move forward.
We are also going to ensure that they have better access to mental health care, because that is often necessary. The previous government cut $800 million in funding, which definitely had a negative impact on our correctional facilities. We need to fix that.
Bill C-83 will promote inmate rehabilitation and ensure that all Canadians feel safe. That is a critical objective.
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