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HAT FORUM: Sat June 12, 11am OISE

HAT FORUM Saturday June 12, 11:00am-1:00pm Room 11-204
TOPIC: Is rehabilitation necessarily a part of imprisonment and is Harper correct in calling for extension of the pardon process?

-54 Canadian Federal Penitentiaries hold 12,700 prisoners serving more than 2 years at a cost of $110,000 per year, per male inmate, and $150,000 per year per female, as of 2001
-there are somewhat over 32,000 inmates in total in Canada
-cost is over $70,000 per year, per inmate in medium and minimum security prisons
-in the US, cost of rehabilitation per inmate per year is $2000, vs incarceration at about $63,000 per inmate per year
-in provincial prison in Canada it costs app. $52,000 per year to guard one prisoner
-Pardons Process in Canada: person can apply for erasing criminal record after 3 years for summary offenses (up to 2yrs prison) and after 5 years for indictable offenses.


1) What is roughly the total cost of incarceration of prisoners in Canada?
2) Would you like a non-rehabilitated ex-con to move in beside your house?
3) Left alone, do prisoners lose their criminal attitude on their own in prison?
4) Should there be a criminal record? How does the criminal record contribute toward re-offending? Is it in the nation’s interest to have criminals re-offend?

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.