Prison Overcrowding Town Hall and Petition
On March 16th I attended a town hall on Prison Overcrowding hosted by the Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association. The discussion was very constructive and the 150 people in attendance drafted a petition, copies of which I will present in the House of Commons as soon as they are received by my office and certified by the clerk of House of Commons.
The petition calls upon the Government of Canada to identify and adopt rational best practices, including avoidance of double bunking, which have been proven in Canada and elsewhere to reduce crime, rehabilitate offenders, minimize recidivism and improve public safety.
You can read the full text of the petition here.
Copies of the petition are available in my Kingston and the Islands Constituency Office, located at 14-303 Bagot Street in the LaSalle Mews.
You may take the petition, even edit it if you wish, collect 25 or more signatures on your own and submit it as a separately registered petition on the same matter. If you make substantial changes, please check with my office because the House of Commons has strict guidelines on the form of petitions.
As always, it is my policy to present every petition from my constitutents to the House of Commons or the government, whether or not I agree with it. I encourage its use as a way for Canadians to speak to their federal government.
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