Please fill out the prison farm survey: Here are some pointers

Bridget Doherty and other supporters of the Save our Prison Farm movement. Signs read, Save the prison farms, farmers feed cities, prison farms help inmates, save prison farms. Corrections Canada has issued an online survey that tests the feasibility of reinstating prison farms. It is long. It asks you to back up your points.  We urge you to take it on just the same and do what you can. It is open until August 2.


This is a link to the Corrections Canada online public consultation

Paper copies of the survey can be obtained from MP Mark Gerretsen's office.  Or, you can write directly to Corrections at:  ATTN: Scott Harris, Deputy Commissioner of CSC, 340 Laurier Avenue W, Ottawa Ontario, K1A 0P9.

Pointers on the online survey

Please note that the term “Agribusiness” stands for “Farms.”

The online survey is a critical component of the feasibility study and an important opportunity for public input we cannot miss. Though the survey is lengthy, please persevere so that we can convey to CSC the value of the program and the strength of our commitment. 

The Save our Prison Farm key message in two sentences
  • Prime Agricultural land needs to be protected and the cows need to come home.
  • Prison farms rehabilitate inmates, they teach work ethics and skills that lead to work, regardless where, and, most importantly, prison farms reduce re-offending rates.

When inmates are rehabilitated, taught work ethics such as responsibility, teamwork, punctuality, and gain skills, they will get jobs upon release. It doesn’t matter where they will find employment. It is not CSC’s responsibility to ensure that inmates end up in agribusiness.  It is CSC’s responsibly to ensure that they do not re-offend.  That is what the prison farms offered.  That is what matters to our communities. 
Managed correctly these farms can easily incorporate trades such as welding, mechanics, and office work. They can also offer horticulture and animal therapy, anger management and much more. Providing all of this, the farms can make our communities safer because we must always remember: most inmates, including lifers, are released. 
Upon release ex-offenders move to communities across Canada. They will be someone’s neighbour. Does it matter if they work in Agribusiness? No. What matters is that they are rehabilitated, that they do not re-offend. The cows help the rehabilitation process and that is why we want to bring the cows back.

Another way to say it
  • CSC’s main responsibility is to reduce re-offending rates
  • Corrections programs that keep inmates busy and that offer rehabilitation and skills lead to a safer work environment for correctional staff
  • Prison farms can easily incorporate trades and teach work ethics and skills that lead to work It doesn’t matter where ex-inmates gain employment upon release, as long as they do
  • Prime agricultural land, such as at the prison farms, needs to be protected
  • The farms made our communities safer by helping inmates re-integrate successfully
  • Hundreds of people have been involved in the fight to keep the farms operational
  • Working with animals offers much needed therapy for inmates

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the prison farm survey
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