There's a sweet new calf on the block. That's what Correctional Service Canada wants everyone to know as they welcomed the cutest newest addition to the family.

Not only did they make it Twitter official but have photos to prove it.

Heads up: It's a cuteness overload. 

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Meet little Sweet Pea  

Collins Bay Institution, a multilevel correctional facility located in Ontario, welcomed a baby calf and made it twitter official on Friday.

Her name is Sweet Pea and she is the second "Holstein heifer calf" born on September 20 at Collins Bay Institution.

Sweet Pea joins a family of four including her mother Suzanne, Olive who was born alongside her, and Popeye and Brutus, two bull calves also born in September at Collins Bay.

They all come from Collins Bay dairy herd. 

Why are there cows and calves at a prison facility?

This might come as a surprise to some but Collins Bay apparently use the animals to promote rehabilitation for inmates.

Animals provide unconditional love and acceptance and they offer spontaneous affection and undying loyalty, according to Correctional Service Canada's website.

They said offenders often experience loneliness due to incarceration and animals have been shown to significantly reduce feelings of isolation and frustration.

This falls under the Livestock Care Program that allows juvenile offenders to raise the calf.

The federal government allocated millions to program

This was part of the federal government's $4.3 million in funding to start-up prison farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville institutions last year, according to Global News

In 2019, the government said it would reinvest in the program and that around thirty cows would be brought to the prisons along with some goats.

“This is great news for our community. The passion and commitment of so many Kingstonians over so many years has proven what we can accomplish together,”  MP for Kingston and the Islands Mark Gerretsen said.

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