POLITICS
04/03/2012 04:44 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan spends $12.6M to expand jails; address overcrowding problems

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is spending more money to increase space in jails for more inmates.

The province says $12.6 million from the budget will go to complete expansion projects at two correctional facilities in Prince Albert.

The Pine Grove Provincial Correctional Centre for women is getting a new 30-cell unit with double-bunking capacity of up to 60 beds.

There is also cash to add up to 144 beds at the men's correctional centre.

Corrections Minister Yogi Huyghebaert (HYOO'-gah-bare) says the projects are needed to deal with aging structure and outdated designs that could compromise safety.

He says they will also help with overcrowding in the correctional system.