Senior staff suspended at Dorchester prison

Published on October 11, 2012
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.