Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford says Queen's Park is looking at a two-part action plan for the Kenora Jail.

"We want to look at program options in that jail, and hopefully change and improve outcomes that are already pretty decent," he said.

Rickford, who is also a senior member of cabinet, toured the jail last week, in order to address issues that came into focus last fall. They included a hostage-taking and some fires earlier this fall.

The minister looked at items they can tackle in the immediate future, as well as the mid-term. He hoped to revisit the jail before the end of the month for follow-up meetings, noting he spent about four hours talking with staff during his visit.

Just before the visit, Sylvia Jones succeeded Michael Tibollo as the minister responsible for the jail. Jones has been a senior member in the Progressive Conservative Party, in addition to her duties as MPP.

About 90 per cent of the inmates are Indigenous, who are waiting for the outcome of their legal proceedings. The province is also looking at a new continuum of care facility in Kenora, which would provide housing and programs for those in the legal system.

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