A farm is a prison

Not that I’m a big fan of dairy farms, but maybe this one should stay open?

“When you’ve been incarcerated for a long time, you become narrow,” says Graham. “You don’t talk to people, the guards are the enemy. Then you come here and look after the animals. It opens up your heart.”

It won’t for long: The federal government is shutting the barn doors. In February it announced the phasing out of its six prison farms – at Frontenac and Pittsburgh Institutions in Ontario and prisons in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – by March 31, 2011. Ottawa blames the yearly $4 million operating costs, and a need to provide offenders with other skills . . .

There’s an online petition to save this farm.


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