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starting at 399 $ Recliners ENTERTAINMENT Disney a ‘dream come true’ WAAL & CO. NOTARIES PUBLIC Real Estate Transfers See Page 10 604-796-2925 45921 Wellington, lli Chilliwack • 604-793-9766 7-09 JB23 The Observer Ag assiz Y Harr ison office: 604.796.4300 | classifieds: 604.796.4300 | newsline: 604.796.4302 $1 T H U R S D AY, D E C E M B E R 2 , 2 0 1 0 ‘More beds for the Bacon brothers’ Kent to grow by 96 inmate beds as part of federal prison expansion Neil Corbett protecting the public.” Toews referred to Bill C-25, the Getting tougher on crime will mean Truth in Sentencing Act, which put more demand for prison facilities, an end to prisoners receiving twoand on Monday morning the federal for-one credit for days they spend government announced an expansion incarcerated in remand prior to their of 216 more beds for the King Road criminal trials. facility that houses three federal “Convicted terrorists have gone institutions. free on the day of their sentencing “More beds for the Bacon Brothers, (prior to C-25),” said Toews etc.,” is how District of Kent Mayor The local initiative is part of a Lorne Fisher characterized the cross-Canada investment in the prison announcement. system of $2 billion over Àve years. Abbotsford MP Ed Fast and He said the federal corrections Minister of system can Public Safety handle 15,000 ‘This means keeping Vic Toews inmates, and held a press presently has dangerous criminals behind conference in approximately the gymnasium bars, where they belong’ 14,300. of PaciÀc He added that Vic Toews, Minister of Institution to criminals should announce the not be released Public Safety expansion. onto the streets There will before they have be a 96-bed living unit at Matsqui paid their debt to society “just to save Institution, a second 96-bed unit at money. PaciÀc Institution and 24 new spaces “This means keeping dangerous at Fraser Valley Institution. They are criminals behind bars, where we all located at the Abbotsford site. believe they belong,” said Toews. Combined with a 96-bed unit at Responding to a media query Kent Maximum Security and a 50- whether $2 billion could be better bed living unit at Mission’s Ferndale spent keeping people out of prisons, Institution, the government is Toews said the government has “any investing an additional $77.5 million number of programs” to do that, and in prison expansion in the Fraser does look at electronic monitoring Valley. where appropriate. Fast said the prison expansion “will CONTINUED – ON PAGE 4 move Canada forward in terms of BLACK PRESS MARCO D. CEDRONE 3(5621$/,1-85</$:<(5 7070 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz BC _ZZZFDVFDGHODZFRP JOHN VAN PUTTEN/ BLACK PRESS Mayor Lorne Fisher speaks at the Monday morning announcement of a $77.5 million expansion of the federal prison system, which includes a 96-bed facility to Kent Institution, a maximum security facility. INSIDE THE OBSERVER news . . . . . . . . . . 2 opinion . . . . . . . . 6 mailbag. . . . . . . . 7 6 $ Mozza Burger 2 for entertainment . . . 10 plus side of 60 . . 11 classifieds . . . . . 13

December 2 2010

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