One of the Acts of Mercy is to visit the incarcerated. Isaiah urges us to free the captives. The Sisters of Providence have long followed these teachings, centred in the prison region of greater Kingston.
We supported prison farms because they made sense to us: putting inmates in contact with living beings, giving them responsibility for the wellbeing of animals, their needs and their products. It was a way of being connected. Studies have now shown that those most involved in prison farms were less likely to commit crimes after released.
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- August 17, 2016
- Passionate prison farms' town hall and rally
The packed-out town hall on prison farms on August 16 was cathartic to the many who wondered why the farms closed in the first place.
- August 16, 2010
- Prison Reflection
As the sky darkened and the rains came down on the non violent demonstration and resistance to the closure of the Prison farms on Sunday, August 8, a little boy said, “Even God is sad.”
- July 14, 2010
- Enthusiastic Group Demands Action
A local farmer first discovered the plan to close Canada’s six remaining prison farms in February of 2009. Since then, the opposition to the proposed closure has been growing across the country.
- April 21, 2010
- Time running out to save prison farms
Time is running out to save prison farms. In a few months, the Frontenac Institution dairy herd will be auctioned off. This herd genetically dates back to the 1800’s and when it’s sold, the decision to close Canada’s prison farms is virtually irreversible.
- December 7, 2009
- Canada's Prison Farms
These activities have one thing in common: All lower blood pressure, relax us, and make us feel better about being alive. We are hard-wired to connect with our fellow creatures, and pet owners in this country — who spend $4 billion annually on their animal companions — know it.
- November 8, 2009
- Save our Prison Farms
Farmers, religious and social groups have formed a national campaign to try to prevent the closing of Canada’s prison farm program.