Prison chaplain cutbacks condemned in open letter

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CBC news has just run a story about federal cutbacks eliminating the positions of non-Christian chaplains in prisons, and how these chaplains are protesting.

The article also contains a copy of the actual open letter signed by 17 of the 71 chaplains in question. A related CBC article indicates that non-Christian chaplains are not the only ones protesting the cuts.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says this will save Canadian taxpayers $1.3 million. I am wondering what the costs will be when convicted criminals do not have access to spiritual advice which may be the very best antidote to their criminal tendencies?

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