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CNCC was cheaper but results pointed to provincially-run model as better says Kwinter
Midland Free Press
May 05, 2006

The privately operated Central North Correctional Centre was simply out-performed by its publicly run twin in Kawartha Lakes, a partial report comparing the adult prisons indicates.

A comparison review was conducted for the province by consulting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers throughout various times of the jails' operations, including an initial inmate transfer period, a transition period of six to eight months when the adult prisons were first opened and the remaining time of operation, known as a "Steady State".

"Overall, the data and analysis in this report indicate that (Management and Training Corporation Canada) is operating in material compliance with its contractual obligations under its Services Agreement with the Ministry," reads the comparison report's summary of findings. But, "A comparison of the performance of CNCC versus CECC (excluding costs) indicates that CECC is rated higher than CNCC."

In the partial 12-page executive summary, the consulting firm rated both prisons in performance categories that included security, classification, variety and volume, recidivism, health care, and community impact, among other issues. CNCC rated higher than the public jail in variety and volume, but the Kawartha Lakes facility performed better in every other category.

"With respect to security, CECC scored higher...on variety and volume of programming, CNCC rated higher than CECC, particularly in the education area...on recidivism, these analysis concluded that the recidivism rate of inmates released from CNCC was higher than those released from CECC by a statistically significant amount, allowing for differences in offender populations," the report concluded.

The comparison shows a cost-savings advantage of roughly $22.5 million through the pubic operation during the initial comparison time period.

The report also said “continuing the MTCC contract is economically advantageous", but the government has decided not to renew MTCC's contract, which expires Nov. 10.

"On just a cost basis the (private operation) was more economical," corrections minister Monte Kwinter told the Free Press past press deadlines last week. But, "That reflected on the outcome."

"We have a responsibility to make sure we provide adequate resources, and while there's no question there were some benefits from this exercise that we could learn from," he said, "the evidence clearly indicates that the public facility produced better results."

Minister Kwinter said the province plans to provide 91 additional full time staff at the Penetanguishene prison when it takes over in November.

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