A report from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy found that privatization of prison food services led to an increase in inmate theft, trafficking, and gang activity.
It is a measure of just how big a disaster privatization of prison food services turned out to be that the same state governor who originally proposed privatization is now proposing bring the services back under public control.
In the last few months, a correctional officer had his finger severed, another had his head stomped on and yet another was assaulted with feces thrown in her face by inmates.
"WorkSafeBC must address the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 of our province’s jails or it is only going to get worse.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services
"These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016.
"The statistics speak for themselves, but now it’s time for your voice to be heard." — BCGEU
Assaults on correctional officers are up by 39 per cent over the last year, and the total number of violent incidents, both inmate-on-officer and inmate-on-inmate, rose by 42 per cent over that same time.
"The government needs to take some responsibility and impose uniform safety regulations – not to mention eligibility for WSIB — from one end of the province to the other." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
We will wait for the report from BC Corrections to see what they have done to ensure that FRCC has addressed these violations." — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President Corrections and Sheriff Services
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said there was a big problem when senior managers lie to the minister.