Yellowknife city council candidate MacKenzie wants to deprive ex-inmates of mobility rights by forcing them out of city

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A candidate running for city council in Yellowknife is promising that if elected, he will send inmates from out of town back to their home communities once they are released from jail.


Beaton MacKenzie said it’s part of his plan to reclaim the downtown core. He added that it’s what business people want.

“They have people that [are] defacing on their buildings, or urinating, or they may be passed out. You walk into the public post office and you’ll smell the alcohol, you may have somebody asleep on the floor. You have to walk over them to get to your post office,” he said.

Under the N.W.T.’s Corrections Act, inmates are not forced to go back to their communities if they are not from Yellowknife. However, they do have the option to get transportation back to the place where they were convicted.

Kate Wilson, with the Yellowknife YWCA, said she doesn’t see much demand on housing from people who are recently released from jail.


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