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Justice Minister Janice Sherry says with changes in federal legislation she expects prison populations to continue to grow. (Province of P.E.I.)

P.E.I.'s corrections facilities are operating at full capacity most of the time and the pressure for more space is building, says Justice Minister Janice Sherry.

Sherry attributes the increased population to Ottawa's tough on crime legislation that came into effect March, 2012.

The province's facilities have 148 beds and most of the time those beds are full.

"These cases [are] coming through the court systems, we'll start to see that escalate into 2014," Sherry said.

"We have operated at full capacity and we can manage that but once those numbers start to climb...that's going to be concerning."

A report released Tuesday by Canada's correctional investigator says the booming prison populations at federal facilities are causing strain in the system. Sherry said that strain is being felt at the provincial level as well.

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