Justin Piché on Prison Expansion in Kingston and Canada

OPIRG Kingston, Students for Accessible Education and EPIC present Justin Piché
Thursday, January 13th, 6:30 pm-9pm
Wilson Room, KFP Library Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street (Accessible)

The Conservative government has made clear its intention to spend billions of dollars over the next few years as part of a major effort to expand the Canadian prison system. Recent announcements highlight that bidding for private contractors has already commenced for new security units at Bath Institution and Collins Bay Penitentiary in the Kingston area alone.

This expansion effort as well as the regressive changes to the Criminal Code that have caused it have been planned without any public consultation whatsoever. In fact, much of the details of these plans is kept secret, but Justin Piché, a PhD student at Carleton University whose research is focused on this topic, has learned a great deal through persistent Access to Information requests. He will be speaking about what’s in store for Kingstonians, the culture of secrecy at the Correctional Service of Canada, and how the public can mobilize to resist this expansion effort.

His multimedia presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion focused on building a movement in Kingston to resist this expansion, inspired by the determination shown during the prison farms blockades this summer but also learned from these experiences and looking to the future. Come out and get yourself brought up to speed as we prepare to mobilize.

Contact: epic [at] riseup.net

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston is dedicated to research, education and action in the public interest.

Students for Accessible Education promotes financial and political accessibility at Queen’s University as well as access to education and transparency in general by supporting and facilitating alternative educational spaces and projects offered for free to the Queen’s and Kingston community.

End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a Kingston-area collective dedicated to resisting the prison-industrial complex and advocating for alternatives to imprisonment.