Thursday, March 24, 2011

Readers write -- Prison issues!

Representatives from the BC Corrections Branch were in Lumby last night (March 23) to present information on a proposed correctional facility for Lumby.
Fisher took issue with the stance taken by the Corrections Branch reps. "They seemed to be saying, 'Once you learn about the prison and see how great a corporate citizen it will be, you will come to love the prison being in your town'."
"Why aren't other communities lining up for this, if it's such a great deal?" asks Fisher.
The representatives, Brent Merchant and Ted Howard were unable to answer many questions specific to possible sites within the village. "We found that frustrating" commented Fisher. "I don't know" seemed to be their answer to many questions. Fisher wonders "If they don't have those answers, who does?"
The proposed correctional facility will be the largest jail in BC, located in the smallest community to have a jail.
"What scares us is that there are no guarantees. So many aspects of this prison could go 'sideways' and we have no control over the negative effects this prison will have on our village." says Fisher.
for more info contact Paul Fisher at 250 547-9775 representing the Concerned Citizens of Lumby.


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