Transcript: Inside a Unique Ontario Halfway House | May 31, 2019

Jeyan sits in the studio. He's is in his thirties, with short black hair and a trimmed beard. He's wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

A caption on screen reads "Ontario Hubs: Caring for aging offenders. Jeyan Jeganathan. @JeyanTVO. @theagenda."

Jeyan says A UNIQUE HALF-WAY
HOUSE IN PETERBOROUGH IS FILLING
A NEED THAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T
EVEN KNOW EXISTS.
HALEY HOUSE SPECIALIZES IN
CARING FOR OFFENDERS ON PAROLE
WHO HAVE MOBILITY AND CHRONIC
HEALTH ISSUES.

An animated slate reads "Ontario Hubs."

Music plays.

Fast clips show a tall fence and people walking out of a building, into an enclosed yard.

Jeyan narrates CANADA'S PRISON SYSTEM HAS A
PROBLEM.
IT'S INMATES ARE GETTING OLDER.
TOO OLD TO BE PROPERLY CARED
FOR.
IN FACT, ONE IN FOUR PRISONERS
IN FEDERAL CUSTODY ARE OVER THE
AGE OF 50.
AND OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, THE
NUMBER OF INMATES OVER THAT AGE
HAS RISEN FROM ABOUT 2,400 TO
OVER 3,500.

A line chart shows the growing number of inmates over 50 in federal custody, from 2450 in 2009 to over 3500 in 2019.

Jeyan narrates A REPORT BY THE OFFICE OF THE
CORRECTIONAL INVESTIGATOR OF
CANADA LOOKED AT THE EXPERIENCES
OF OLDER INMATES IN THIS
COUNTRY'S PRISONS.
IN ONE CASE, A 73-YEAR-OLD HAD
FALLEN WHILE CLIMBING DOWN FROM
A TOP BUNG IN THE NIGHT TO USE
THE BATHROOM AND INJURED HIMSELF.

A newspaper clipping appears on screen describing the incident.

Jeyan narrates WHEN ASKED WHY A YOUNGER INMATE
WAS NOT ASSIGNED TO THE TOP
BUNK, THE INMATE WHO FELL TOLD
HIM THAT HE WAS YOUNGER THAN HIS
CELL MADE WHO WAS 84 YEARS OF AGE.

A man sits on a chair in a lawn.
A caption reads "Dan Haley."

Dan is in his fifties, with short gray hair, glasses and a mustache.

He says PRISONS WERE BUILT TO
INCARCERATE PEOPLE.
THEY'RE NOT HOSPITALS.
THEY'RE NOT OLD AGE HOMES.
AND THEY'RE ESPECIALLY NOT A HOSPICE.

Jeyan narrates THAT'S DAN HALEY.
HE IS THE FOUNDER OF HALEY
HOUSE.
A HALF-WAY HOUSE THAT
SPECIALIZES IN CARING FOR
OFFENDERS WHO ARE ON PAROLE THAT
HAVE MOBILITY AND CHRONIC HEALTH
ISSUES.
FROM THE OUTSIDE, HALEY HOUSE
LOOKS LIKE YOUR AVERAGE BUNGALOW.
LOCATED ON THE OUT SKIRTS OF
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO THIS HOME
TO A HANDFUL OF CANADA'S
PRISONERS.
OVER 100 PEOPLE HAVE COME
THROUGH THE DOORS.
MANY GONE BACK INTO SOCIETY
WHILE SOME HAVE PASSED AWAY.

Fast clips show Haley House. Then a map shows the location of Peterborough, situated between Toronto and Kingston.

A plaque on a wall reads "Appreciation to Haley House in the memory of Terry Hendy."

A man opens a door and says COME ON IN.

He sits in an office.
A caption reads "Jeff Morgan."

Jeff is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with receding gray hair.

He says WE HAVE EVERYTHING HERE FROM
FRAUD, DRIVING OFFENCES, SEX
OFFENCES, AND LIFERS WHO HAVE
COMMITTED MURDERS.

Jeyan narrates JEFF MORGAN IS THE
CASE MANAGER HERE AT HALEY
HOUSE.
HE WORKS WITH THE LOCAL PAROLE
OFFICES TO FIND BEDS HERE FOR
INMATES.
THE RESIDENTS RANGE IN AGE FROM
EARLY 40s TO LATE 80s.

Jeff says FOUR ROOMS UPSTAIRS.
ANOTHER SIX DOWNSTAIRS.

Jeyan narrates FOR THE MOST PART, ALL
TEN BEDS HERE ARE ACCOUNTED FOR.

Jeff says SOMEBODY'S GRANTED PAROLE AND
AGAIN MOBILITY, HEALTH ISSUES,
WE DON'T HAVE A PLACE.
AND THERE ISN'T A FACILITY IN
CANADA THAT'S ABLE TO
ACCOMMODATE THEIR ISSUE.
THEN THEY HAVE TO STAY INSIDE.

Jeyan narrates AND ACCORDING TO JEFF
MORGAN, IT'S ALSO ECONOMICAL.

Jeff says AS A TAXPAYER, TO HAVE
SOMEBODY STAY HERE IS LESS THAN
50 percent TO KEEP THEM INSIDE.

Jeyan says ACCORDING TO A REPORT
AUTHORED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY
BUDGET OFFICE, IT ESTIMATES THE
AVERAGE COSTS FOR EACH INMATE IS
OVER 114,000 dollars.
WHICH WORKS OUT TO JUST OVER
300 dollars A DAY.
HALEY HOUSE HAS BEEN OPERATING
FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.
BUT RELOCATED TO THEIR CURRENT
LOCATION IN 2016.

Jeff steps out of a small windowed elevator.

Jeyan narrates A NEW HOUSE ALLOWED THEM TO ADD
AN ADDITION, INSTALL AN ELEVATOR
AND MAKE THE HOUSE MORE ACCESSIBLE.

Jeff says WE HAVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE HERE
THAT ARE IN POWER WHEELCHAIRS.
WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS.
POWER WHEELCHAIRS CANNOT BE
ACCOMMODATED.
SO CLIFF WHO IS AT THE HOUSE WHO
IS IN A POWER CHAIR HE WOULD NOT
BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT CHAIR INSIDE.

In a clip, a man in a power wheelchair rolls into the house from an outside deck.
Now inside the house, a bald man with a prominent gray beard rests in an armchair.

Jeyan narrates FOR THE PAST TWO
YEARS, HALEY HOUSE HAS BEEN
CLIFF STRONG'S NEW REALITY...
HAVING SPENT 36 YEARS IN A
CANADIAN FEDERAL PRISON.
BACK IN 1975, HE WAS CONVICTED
OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND
WHILE ON PAROLE, HE REOFFENDED
AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED TWO GIRLS
AND WAS SENT BACK.
NOW AT 75, CLIFF IS ON PAROLE
AGAIN AND LIVING OUT HIS
REMAINING YEARS HERE AT HALEY
HOUSE.
LIVING HERE COMES WITH RULES:
NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL AND EVERYONE
IS UNDER CURFEW.
THE RULES ARE NOT THAT DIFFERENT
ARE PRISON LIFE.
BUT THERE ARE HABITS HE HASN'T
BEEN ABLE TO SHAKE.
FOR EXAMPLE, CLIFF STILL SLEEPS
WITH HIS CLOTHES ON.

A caption reads "Cliff Strong."

Cliff says BECAUSE WHEN THE DOORS OPEN
IN THE MORNING, IT'S BEST TO BE
ON YOUR FEET BECAUSE YOU DON'T
KNOW WHAT'S COMING TO VISIT.
I'VE BEEN STABBED INSIDE.
I'VE HAD MY NECK BROKEN.
WITH A WEIGHT BAR, YOU KNOW.
BEEN PUNCHED I DON'T KNOW HOW
MANY TIMES.
DONE SOME PUNCHING OUT MYSELF.

Jeyan says LIKE MOST AGING
PRISONERS, CLIFF HAS A LONG LIST
OF HEALTH CONDITIONS.
HE HAS PARKINSON'S DISEASE, A
BAD HIP, DIABETES AND ODEMA THAT
RESULTS IN FLUID BUILDING UP IN
HIS LEGS.

Cliff says I CAN'T WALK.
BECAUSE I CAN'T BALANCE.
IF I HAVE TWO CANES OR TWO
PEOPLE TO HELP ME WITH GREAT
DIFFICULTY I CAN SHUFFLE A FEW FEET.

Jeyan says CLIFF USE AS MOTORIZED
WHEELCHAIR TO GET AROUND.
SOMETHING HE WOULDN'T HAVE
ACCESS TO IN MOST HALF-WAY
HOUSES LET ALONE A PRISON.
DYING WITH DIGNITY IS ALSO
SOMETHING HE WOULDN'T BE
AFFORDED IN MOST PRISONS.

Jeff says WE HAVE SOME GUYS HERE WHO
HAVE DONE SOME PRETTY HORRENDOUS
THINGS.
AND NOBODY IS GOING TO DENY
THEM.
ESPECIALLY THEM.
THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DENY THEM.
A LOT OF THESE GUYS DON'T HAVE
FAMILY.
THEY'VE BEEN DISOWNED.
THEY HAVE THE OPTION THEY CAN GO
TO HOSPITAL OR PASS AWAY HERE.
SO IT'S A CASE OF ENSURING THAT
THEY DIE WITH DIGNITY.
EVERYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO DIE
WITH DIGNITY.

In a picture, Cliff sits in a hospital room next to a frail, elderly woman who lies in a hospital bed.

Jeyan narrates THOUGH THE FOCUS OF
HALEY HOUSE IS NOT ABOUT
RE-EXAMINING PAST CRIMES,
ACCORDING TO DAN, IT'S ALWAYS
TOP OF MIND FOR RESIDENTS HERE.

Dan says EVERY ONE OF THE GUYS THAT I
WORK WITH, THEIR TONE, THEIR
VOICE REALLY KIND OF GOES DOWN.
THEIR HEAD KIND OF DROPS.
AND THEY TURN AROUND AND THEY
SAY "I'D LOVE TO MEET THEM AND
TURN AROUND AND APOLOGIZE FOR
WHAT LIVE' DONE."

The caption changes to "Ontario Hubs Field Producer, Jeyan Jeganathan, @JeyanTVO. Editor, David Erwin."

(music plays)

An animated slate reads "Ontario Hubs. Ontario Hubs are made possible by The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman."

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