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‘They turned a community jail into a gulag’: Critics rail against Yukon’s $75M Whitehorse Correctional Centre – National Post

The Office of the Auditor General is probing the operation of Yukon’s $75-million Whitehorse Correctional Centre, which is being branded a failure and a waste of taxpayers’ money by critics.

With a staff of more than 110, the jail costs $10-million a year to run, but currently only houses about 70 people, though it has a capacity for 194. The majority of people in the jail are aboriginal, many of whom have substance abuse problems.

Questions about how justice is delivered in the state-of-the-art jail and the wider community are being asked as part of an audit of the Yukon’s department of justice. The final report will be released in Feb. 2015.

Community groups contend the high-tech prison, which replaced an 85-bed facility, is not what was expected after extensive community consultation prior to building.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/05/25/they-turned-a-community-jail-into-a-gulag-critics-rail-against-yukons-75m-whitehorse-correctional-centre/

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