MPP urging new Premier to take another look at jail closure

save sarnia jailSarnia-Lambton's Member of Provincial Parliament is asking the new Premier of Ontario to personally review a government decision that would, if unchanged, see the closure of the Sarnia Jail next year.

Bob Bailey, in an open letter to Kathleen Wynne, who was elected earlier this month to lead the Liberal Party of Ontario, said he hopes the Premier will meet with the Sarnia Save the jail Committee as part of her review process.

Bailey told Wynne that "the ultimate authority to address this issue lies in your office."

He reminded the Premier that since the announcement of the jail's impending closure (on March 30, 2011), the Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services has repeatedly claimed that the facility is "under-utilized."

Bailey said in his reality that the opposite is true. "On most days, all beds are full."

Bailey called the Sarnia Jail "one of the most advanced, secure, and cost effective correctional facilities in the province."

A decision to close the jail presents additional costs Bailey said have not been adequately addressed.

The lack of consultation, Bailey wrote, is also something that needs to be addressed.

"People in my community view this lack of outreach as a slight by your government."

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