P.E.I.'s Sleepy Hollow jail getting new steel toilets

Ryan Ross
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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.

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.

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  • formerislander
    December 12, 2013 - 21:28

    I can't believe there are 18 comments on new toilets???? oh wait, 19..

  • fed up
    December 12, 2013 - 12:00

    My Gawd you people are foolish ! There new toilets, how is that going to make life better in jail?

  • Jay
    December 12, 2013 - 10:37

    People like you Don should not be aloud to comment on this site. I myself have a problem with alcohol and it is a terrible disease but I am working on it. When you say useless you mean everyone that has a problem and that's not right. I would like you to stand in our shoes and then you have a right to say what you did.

    • Con Way
      December 12, 2013 - 11:40

      Well said Jay

    • Wow
      December 12, 2013 - 13:25

      Oh Jay get over it! I lived with a drunk and he didn't care about whose shoes he was standing in just as long as he was getting a drink! We are talking about toilets here and the lazy a$$ed criminals who wrecked them and now are getting shiny new ones. Is it fair? Darn tootin it isn't! Lots of other stuff the money could have gone for and helped people out with but now it has to go to this! So pick yourself up, dust yourself off and let Don's comments and mine for that matter slide right off your back. Shouldn't be allowed to comment..... You came to the wrong place if you don't have a thick skin buddy!

  • Angus
    December 12, 2013 - 10:28

    You folks think this is crazy? How many of you saw Sean Casey on TV last night along with the NDP guy Jack Harris, crying the blues because former criminals would have to pay for the costs of obtaining pardons? They and their partys want the Canadian taxpayer to continue to foot the bill, while the Conservatives are saying no more, no way. Darn right it's time the policy was changed! Why should we foot the bill so these former crooks get a free pass?

  • Oh My
    December 12, 2013 - 09:24

    Personally I think and outhouse would have been more appropriate. They were the ones who destroyed the toilets in the first place so tough luck.

  • Laughing
    December 12, 2013 - 08:39

    A few weeks ago government said it could not put officers in Island schools and it could spend the money in better places, so I do not understand why the criminals are getting a better environment to learn in than our children.

  • Con Way
    December 12, 2013 - 07:59

    Sleepy hollow waste a good deal of energy and water as well.The picture in the story of the cells above is the brightness of the lights 24 hrs a day three massive pot lights.The only reason I see for these lights being on while inmates try to sleep is a form of light torture.In 7 pods that's a total of 21 big pot lights burning continuously .Even though the guards can see every bunk from their station. As well the City speaks of water shortages,I can tell you that the plumbing in the washrooms have been neglected,water is continually running in the urinals and toilet bowls. And that causes condensation and inmates are constantly mopping up the bathroom floors.Inmates are still people and some people make mistakes,some more serious than others because of serious addiction problems,and still need to be treated with respect."Nice"seems to think its a fun park being incarcerated,well let me tell you it is not.Sharing a tv with 20 people you never can get comfortable in wooden chairs and never really get to watch what you want,being told when to go to your narrow and steele bed at 11 waking up with a sore back every morning and lucky if you have a pillow.And getting medication for your sore back or even a migrane ,well good luck with that,put in a request form and wait.

    • SLIPPY
      December 12, 2013 - 09:16

      CON, are you serious, you have to sit in an uncomfortable chair, and don't get to watch what you want? How horrible, most people sit around all day in comfy chairs and get to watch all the tv they wish.

  • don
    December 12, 2013 - 07:41

    well islanders this just proves that criminals are doing better then honest islanders this fake government can only give a little over $100,000 for oil to help the poor. but they can give over $260,000 for crap units. i guess crime does pay.

  • Florence Pye
    December 12, 2013 - 07:38

    Seriously - the inmates have in the pass complained of poor conditions in the jail (but they are not doing the upgrades because of those complaints). You are in there because you are a "criminal" and on my "dime"...I am not willing to pay for you to live in the Ritz Carleton. If you do not like your accommodations, then do your time, get out, get a job, be a good person in society and stay away from crime. I am peeved that my tax paying dollars are going toward upgrading their life styles while there are some good, honest people who do go to work everyday, but have to live in run-down shacks. Government needs to give there heads a shake and stop "WASTING" my tax paying dollars on things I do not wish for it to be spent.

    • Stan
      December 12, 2013 - 14:21

      The irony is that it'd be cheaper to put them up in the Ritz Carlton. It costs $312/day to house an inmate federally. http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/28/it-costs-113000-a-year-to-lodge-a-federal-prisoner-report

  • This Really Shows
    December 12, 2013 - 07:27

    This really shows the stupidity of the people in charge . Wasting money on making it a better hotel . The conditions at Sleepy Hollow should be horrible so the inmates don't want to go back there . Not a great place to spend the winter or weekends . Make it a jail again , cell - bread - water & not much else . I'm sure the repeat offenders will be greatly reduced if this policy was applied .

  • Dick
    December 12, 2013 - 07:09

    Prisoners should be given buckets to defecate in. Save tax dollars and spend it on education.

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      December 12, 2013 - 15:44

      Dick will you be applying for the job of emptying these buckets and looking after them . Pray tell me what you would make them out of, so they could not be used against another inmate or guard . Try pitting brain in gear before engaging mouth .

  • I pay Tax
    December 12, 2013 - 05:38

    WOW! They could hire some new teachers with that money. But instead drug addicts, impaired drivers and child molesters can be comfortable when they poop,. Good call PEI!

  • Nice
    December 11, 2013 - 22:50

    Who says crime doesn't pay ? In one article it speaks of poor housing conditions for islands min wage and social assistance . Places that are infested with rodents and a individual that has to use a garden hose for water . Seems great place correctional center heat , lights , three meals a day , snacks , a fitness center , TV , movies , entertainment , education . New toilets and a red carpet entrance at the court house .

    • don
      December 12, 2013 - 04:43

      next thing will be free drugs and booze as you know it must be against there constitutional rights . while honest islanders are starving and have no heat. plus the government is walking away from seniors. but i guess useless druggies and drunks is votes.