SPRINGHILL – The announcement to inject more than $17 million into the federal correctional centre here jumped to $40 million yesterday.
When asked if the announcement depended on approval of the next federal budget, federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay answered, “No. The money is there.”
More criminals behind bars, MacKay said, means there will be a need for more cells across the country and Springhill Institution is the first to receive major upgrades and new infrastructure in the next two years to meet that demand.
The two additional units and infrastructure upgrades will see the prison’s cell capacity increase by 192 new beds. In a July press release, the institution listed its current inmate population at 396 male offenders.