Manitoba to close Portage la Prairie youth jail

Manitoba to close Portage la Prairie youth jail

The province says it will close the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie due to declining rates of youth incarceration.

The province says it will close the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie due to declining rates of youth incarceration. Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced the move, which will see the facility shuttered July 22. “Like every province in Canada, the past decade has seen a very significant decline in youth incarceration, which has resulted in our youth facilities in both Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie operating at well under half capacity for the better part of a decade,” Goertzen said in a release. According to the province, numbers at the boys’ facility have dropped 73% since 2012 — falling to a current overall capacity of 29% and leading to a number of unit closures. There are currently 90 youth in custody in Manitoba, down from more than 300 a decade ago, the province says. Goertzen says youth incarceration has been declining in the province and across the country following the enactment of the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act. Incarcerated youth in southern Manitoba will now all be held at the Manitoba Youth Centre in Winnipeg, which the province says has also been operating at less than 50% capacity for several years. The provincial release did not say if any jobs will be affected by the closure, but Goertzen said the government will work with staff and the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union to match affected employees with available work at other correctional facilities.

 

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https://globalnews.ca/news/8706445/manitoba-close-portage-la-prairie-youth-jail/

 


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