03/22/2016 08:57 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 05:12 EDT

Ontario Hiring 2,000 Correctional Officers Over Next Three Years

TORONTO — Ontario is hiring 2,000 correctional officers over the next three years amid what critics call a crisis in corrections.

Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi says the new hires will increase staffing levels in jail, enhance access to rehabilitation and reintegration programming, and strengthen mental health supports.

The province says it has hired 710 correctional officers since 2013.

Guards, unions and opposition politicians have said Ontario's correctional facilities are understaffed to the point that it is jeopardizing guard and inmate safety.

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