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Would you want a chain gang working in your community?

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 A proposal to force Ontario inmates to perform manual labour outside of prison is under fire in a government analysis. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)A proposal to release Ontario inmates into chain gangs is under fire by a government analysis, the Toronto Star reports.

The proposal, made by Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, would require inmates to perform 40 hours of manual labour per week, including cleaning up graffiti, picking up trash, raking leaves and cutting grass, Hudak suggested.

But the analysis, prepared by the ruling Liberals, suggested the hardcore convicts - murderers, violent offenders and sex criminals, for example - would pose a safety risk.

"Inmates should pay their debt to society safely - behind steel bars and high walls," Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Jim Bradley said in an email to the Star on Sunday.

Would you want a chain gang working in your community? Why or why not? Do you think it's fair to ask inmates to perform unpaid manual labour outside of regular prison work programs?

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

Tags: Ontario, POV, Toronto

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