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Lack of Criminals Leads to Prison Closures in the Netherlands

Prison closures in the Netherlands have gone up from eight in 2009 to 19 in 2013. This is due in large part to options available to offenders in terms of avoiding having to serve time in prison altogether. Most, if not all offenders in the Netherlands opt for electronic tagging…

23 Feb 4:12 PM 0 Read More...

Canadian Prisons See Elevated Violence

The established norm of living behind bars has already been extremely unsafe, but almost two-thirds of Canadian maximum security prisons are seeing ever-increased instances of inmate violence since 2003.

These instances of violence include suicide, sexual assault, hostage-taking, and murder and have been reported in several Canadian…

23 Feb 4:15 PM 0 Read More...

Prison Chaplaincy Program Spending Headed in New Direction

In 2013, a private company in Ottawa has become the recipient of a $2 million dollar contract from the federal government in order to deliver various religious counselling and faith services to prisoners. This has been seen as a dramatic turnaround from about a year before when the government began…

30 Jan 4:22 AM 0 Read More...

2014 CoSA Training

MSCM CoSA volunteers enjoyed a full day of training at our office on Saturday, 18 January.   A full house of some 15 persons participated attentively as Anouk presented the training material – including the showing of two videos on the subject – one of which was MSCM’s own “One of Us…

18 Jan 7:50 PM 0 Read More...

MSCM Blessed by Generous Donations

We are very grateful to those who donated $1,790 in the final two weeks of 2013, in response to an offer by an anonymous supporter to match all donations received in that year-end period.  This resulted in total donations of $3,580 in that short period of time…

06 Jan 11:40 PM 1 Read More...