- "They want to SLASH several hundreds of millions of dollars from the corrections budget to help with the deficit, but they just passed their omnibus crime bill ... that will see more people jailed and cost us hundred of millions more?" - Volcanogrrl
- "Look at the other institutions, they are over crowded and already double bunking... This sounds like a recipe for riots and people getting hurt and killed." - PaulPeterson
- "This is the biggest mistake. Thanks for closing an IMPORTANT building that employees 500 people in my city." - JustinBurrows
- "No new prisons means more crowding at existing facilities. Which will lead to more double bunking and increased tensions within the prison populations within those prisons which will ultimately put more pressure on parole boards to release convicts early. Which to me is a public safety issue." - Mike2010
- "Since the new prisons aren't in Kingston, this means we'll not only pay to build the new prison, but we'll also pay to train all new staff, we'll pay to transport all these prisoners to the 'new' prison, we'll pay severance for all the staff at Kingston who are losing their jobs, and probably pay their relocation fees or retraining expenses too. How does this save money? ... Oh, wait - IT DOESN'T."- starrydays17
Many commenters worried that the move would open the doors to private prisons in Canada.
- "Close the public prisons, increase sentences for criminals, and all of a sudden we will have an extreme shortage of space in prison. They are just setting us up for private prisons. Worst idea ever. - jonnny
- "By closing down aging, inefficient and costly government-run prisons, they're creating a vacuum and incentive for private industry to move in and say, 'We can do it cheaper, give us the contract.' And do you think that, once that's happened, they'll do things that are in the public good (e.g. rehabilitation, social programs and services for inmates, accountability) or private interest (e.g. profitability)?"- Future Farmer
- "I can tell you how this story ends. The existing staff are terminated. If they want to continue in that line of work, they can apply to work at a new, private facility where there is no union and low pay. We have already seen this done where public-funded care facilities for Alzheimers and elderly were being looked after by trained nursing staff. Those facilities were torn down and all patients were moved to large new buildings privately owned by offshore money! This is just government offloading their responsibility and most likely finding a way to profit in the process, and it makes me very angry!" -Basspost
- "How do they expect to cut $295 million from corrections services while at the same time accommodating the large influx of prisoners generated by their new 'tough on crime bill'? Download the costs to the provinces, that's how." - DanielSlick
- "It opened in 1835. It's older than Canada. It probably costs truckloads of money to maintain. Besides, this could easily be turned into a revenue generator as a museum or some kind of historic landmark. It might not break even, but it would cost only a fraction of what this likely costs to maintain year-to-year. Surprising move, no doubt, but rational with new prisons opening. - Skillz
- "Such a shame. But it DOES sit on some prime real estate, right on the water in downtown Kingtson practically. I used to joke that it would make a lovely 'gated community.' It is also a designated heritage site/building. How do they handle THAT now?" - selenius
- "For Sale: Newly renovated condo units in a deluxe gated community in the Kingston area. Mostly bachelor units, which are rather small but come with unbeatable security measures. High-end stainless steel toilets. Available now!"- eds111
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