40 Canadian J. Criminology 323 (1998)
Rethinking Community Resistance to Prison Siting: Results from a Community Impact Assessment

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Rethinking community resistance to
prison siting: Results from a community
impact assessment (1)
Michael G. Young
Criminal Justice Program
Camosun College
Victoria, B.C.
Introduction
Recent demand for correctional beds in British Columbia has
led to several proposals for new facilities. As is often the case,
the construction of new correctional facilities does not always
enjoy public support. Reactions range from disinterest and
apathy to resistance and outright hostility by the proposed host
community. Moreover, while communities may acknowledge the
need for new prison facilities, their construction is approved only
on the condition that it be built somewhere else, a syndrome
known as NIMBY or Not-In-My-Back-Yard (Krause 1991).
Residents increasingly demand information about the impact of
prisons on their community (Bennett 1991; Maxim and Plecas
1983; Schafer and Ziser 1993; Travis and Sheridan 1983).
Correctional planners in B.C. find themselves unable to address
citizen concerns about prison siting because they lack sufficient
information pertaining to communities with provincial institu-
tions. In January, 1996, The B.C. Building Corporation, on behalf
of the Ministry of the Attorney General, entered into an agree-
ment with the Simon Fraser Institute for Studies in Criminal
Justice Policy. The purpose of this agreement was to conduct a
community impact assessment on prison siting in order to
determine the socio-economic impacts of provincial institutions
on communities.
Canadian Journal of Criminology  323 to 327
Revue canadienne de criminologie  July/juillet 1998

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