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This paper critically examines the claim made by Canadian Conservative politicians that prison expansion is likely to produce economic gains for Canadian prison towns. Such claims raise many questions about the actual beneficiaries of prison construction, and the depiction of prisons as "infrastructure" serving some public good or even promoting social justice. After reviewing relevant literature from American debates on this topic, I focus on more specific Canadian conditions, and use publicdoi:10.26522/ssj.v11i1.1246 fatcat:h5cjoxbsprd7fdluzp4ags37oi