Some of the inmates at the provincial jail are about to get some upgrades to their cells as the province plans to buy them stainless steel toilets.
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Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown.
Justice Minister Janice Sherry said after inmates damaged cells at the jail in the summer the department recognized it had to replace porcelain toilets in the maximum security area.
“We recognized that moving forward we needed to put the stainless steel fixtures in the cells,” she said.
The funding, which was in the recent capital budget, includes $108,000 for the toilet-sink combination units, $110,000 for the exercise yard and $50,000 to upgrade washrooms in 2014-2015.
The province will also spend $25,000 to upgrade interior lighting and $25,000 to upgrade the pantry area.
In July, several inmates were involved in an incident during which they damaged cells and including a report of someone ripping a sink off a wall.
In recent years several former inmates have spoken out publicly about what they claimed were poor conditions at the jail, but Sherry said that wasn’t the reason for the changes.
“Basically these upgrades are certainly to do with safety.”
Along with the improvements to the jail, the province plans to spend $98,500 next year to renovate the entrance to the Sir Louis Henry Davies Law Court building to provide better screening for people who enter the courthouse.