What about the victims?

- August 9th, 2012

prisoner dayDo we treat inmates in Canada fairly and justly?

Those marking Prisoner Justice Day would likely say no. Prisoner Justice Day is marked in prisons across Canada to remember those who have died behind bars. The prisoners wear special t-shirts, they refuse to do work, and many even refuse to show up for meetings with shrinks, doctors and parole officers inside the prison.

Prisoners in Canada have no shortage of advocates among Canada’s chattering classes. Prisoners shouldn’t be double bunked, they should have better conditions, they shouldn’t live in such old decrepit facilities such as Kingston Pen, which opened in 1835.

Yet whenever this current government looks to spend more on prisons, say by replacing Kingston Pen, the same people decry the government for spending money on prisons instead of schools.

You’d almost think they want to set all the captives free. Fortunately, the consensus media is not the Messiah.

If you listened to these people then you might believe that prisoners in Canada do hard time, that life is rough and for some…I bet it is. Isn’t that the way it should be?

That’s not how it was for a pair of convicted murderers Amina and Anees Chaudary.

Each of them was convicted of brutal murders in the 1980s. She killed an 8-year-old boy, the nephew of her former lover. He killed a teen in a gangland style execution.

The pair was not married when they went to prison. They married once they were on the inside and then had three kids during conjugal visits. A special trailer set up for prisoners to get a little action.

In addition to helping this pair of murderers start a family, Correctional Services Canada also helped with plenty more.

Amina was able to get not one but two university degrees, her hairdressing licence and most remarkably, a nose job. I know law abiding Canadians who have struggled to pay for their own education, be it hairdressing school or a degree, and the government has not paid for it. And I don’t think they should – they definitely shouldn’t pay for a nose job.

I almost don’t mind the hair dressing school, giving prisoners training in an honest and legal trade that they can work at when they get out certainly beats the weight room.

Can anyone explain to me why we have gyms in prisons that help turn regular criminals into muscle bound thugs that look like Bane from the new Batman movie?

I can’t afford a gym that good and neither do I have the time.

Canada’s prisons I am told are not the club fed we heard about in the past, we’re not building golf courses anymore and that email going around showing the luxurious prison supposedly just outside of Toronto. Well that’s false, it is a German prison.

But there is no doubt that prison life in Canada is not harsh.

Two degrees, a hairdressing licence and a nose job plus a wedding and conjugal visits resulting in three kids…that is not harsh.

Nor is it harsh that prisoners are able to trade pornographic magazines with each other in prison. One prison official recently told me the going rate to rent a magazine from a prisoner with a good stash is $70 a week.

Why do they even have porn?

As those on the inside mark Prisoner Justice Day and remember their fallen, I say we should remember the victims of crime – those who have fallen, been hurt or robbed from. That will remind us why the prisoners are in there doing some not-so-hard time.

And that’s the Byline.

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3 comments

  1. Alain says:

    Having work 16 years for Corrections Canada I can confirm that this is absolutely rubbish. Other than the lack of freedom of movement (being able to go anywhere you want), believe me prisoners have far more rights and privileges than the rest of us. I worked in a maximum security prison and ate the same food as the prisoners, and when I came home and told my wife what we had to eat, she thought it was outrageous. At home as a single income family raising four children, we were often eating macaroni and cheese, yet the prisoners were served much more expensive meals. They had free (a right it was deemed) cable TV, free internet along with free medical and dental. Oh, least I forget we had to provide them with free man-to-man condoms and dental dams even though the official policy was zero tolerance for inmate on inmate sex. This policy came on the heels of one that provided them with free bleach kits for needles, even though, once again there was a zero tolerance for drugs in prison. I could write a book about all the ridiculous “rights” granted to prisoners in Canada, including the worse serial killers.

    Like so many other things nowadays there is a whole industry built on the existence of prisoners, and they are the ones pushing this rubbish.

  2. George A. says:

    I am quite surprised what you have just published, Brian, yet, buttom line criminals are living in luxury in their own prison cells and a roof over their head, daily meals. As well a bed to sleep on, and education. On the other hand, what about the less fortunate people who are sleeping with no roof over their heads, and no meals, yet, they haven’t committed any crime. In addition, criminals shouldn’t deserve that kind of luxury, they only should be treated and provided with adequate services that is deemed necessary for prison inmates and like not princess and prince(s) are treated. Especially inmate who are currently doing serious time for committing or have committed series crimes, as an example, 1st and 2nd degree murder, as well as, rape convictions.

    The least yet, most importantly, our Canadian Justice system is an absolute mockery. The Canadian government should adopt the U.S. penal code(s), and U.S. justice system shows an excellent example of the justice system and how they treat criminals that who committed serious crimes should be treated according to the law. That is what define True Justice.

  3. George A. says:

    I really appreciate the enlightenment, Alain. I value and I am interested what you have just stated. Thank you for sharing your perspective as a corrections officer. :)

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