Province plugging $6 million into correctional centre upgrades

The Saskatchewan government has announced around $6.3 million will be going to upgrades at correctional facilities around the province.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing and the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General say the are projects are part of the $7.5 billion two-year capital plan announced by the government this spring.

Funding will be split into a number of upgrades:

• The replacement of the Urban Camp and related facilities at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre ($4.6 million);
• Expansion of the Cultural Lodge program to the Regina Correctional Centre, Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Prince Albert Correctional Centre and Kilburn Hall Youth Centre ($920,000);
• Kitchen upgrades at the Regina Correctional Centre ($110,000);
• Razor wire upgrades at the Regina, Pine Grove, Saskatoon and Prince Albert correctional centres ($450,000); and
• An expansion to the parking lot at the Prince Albert Youth Residence ($65,000).

“These projects will modernize our existing facilities to ensure they provide a safe environment for staff and offenders,” stated Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell in a release on Friday.

“A large portion of this investment will go toward modernizing programming that helps rehabilitate offenders.”

Approximately $150,000 will be used to replace porcelain toilets in the detention area at the Regina Provincial Court House with stainless steel toilets and sinks. The government shared the  design is to reduce any potential for self-harm.

Design and construction on these projects will take place over the next two fiscal years.

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