Senior staff suspended at Dorchester prison

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A number of senior staff members at Dorchester Penitentiary have been suspended from their jobs at the prison pending a Correctional Services of Canada review.

DORCHESTER, N.B. – As many as 10 senior employees at the Dorchester Penitentiary have been removed from their duties as the Correctional Service of Canada completes an internal investigation.

CSC spokeswoman Lori Pothier said the organization is holding a formal administrative investigation into certain matters at the institution.

She would not specify the details of the investigation, citing privacy reasons.

“Ensuring the safety of staff, inmates and the Canadian public remain the top priority for CSC,” she said in an email. “There is a plan in place to ensure the continued functioning of all institutional operations at Dorchester.”

Dorchester Institution is a medium-security prison. It opened in 1880 and can accommodate 393 inmates.

It is a special-programs oriented facility, housing the Shepody Healing Centre.

Thirty-five per cent of inmates there are serving terms of less than 40 months, while 22 per cent are serving life sentences.

The prison employs 361.

Organizations: Correctional Service of Canada, Dorchester Institution, Shepody Healing Centre

Geographic location: Dorchester

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  • taxpayers dollars....
    October 11, 2012 - 23:08

    CSC has made a wise move to investigate the missuse of taxpayers dollars into the abuse of certain leave practices which through this "accomodation" millions of dollars are lost as a result of the collective agreement clauses...the investigation also needs to take place in other institutions where this is just "common practice with management for more 10 years.....