Irvin Waller and Jeffrey Bradley sign an op-ed denouncing the plan to build a new jail in Ottawa

In response to the Ontario government's announcement that it plans to build a new, bigger jail to replace the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Irvin Waller and Jeffrey Bradley wrote an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen to propose alternatives. They explain that "at first sight, this would seem like an obvious solution to overcrowding, solitary confinement, constant lock downs and other issues related to the deplorable conditions. But [Minister Lalonde] is not just the minister of jails. She is also the minister of community safety and a bigger jail is not the answer. It is an expensive and ineffective Band-Aid, not a cost-effective or evidence-based solution to overcrowding or public safety." They argue that investing in prevention would be a much better policy strategy.

Credit: Ottawa Citizen

Credit: Ottawa Citizen