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Springhill residents feel safe with institution in community

The Springhill Institution is still on lockdown after yesterday’s incident. Local residents feel content with having the institution nearby and feel safe.
The Springhill Institution is still on lockdown after yesterday’s incident. Local residents feel content with having the institution nearby and feel safe.

SPRINGHILL - Following an incident Monday in which a group of inmates refused to return to their cells, with one inmate sent to hospital and two employees assaulted, the Amherst News talked to Springhill residents.

When asked about how they feel having a medium-level institution nearby, most locals seem to feel safe.
Irene Albertson grew up on Herrett Road near the institution and has no issues with it.
“I honestly feel 100 per cent safe,” said Albertson. “I’m not concerned about escapes or anything like that.”
Doris Lee, a longtime resident of Herrett Road, raised her children near the institution.
“When it first came here, they used to climb over the fence, but then it got modernized and everything,” said Lees. “But once they got over they didn’t stop here, they kept going as far as they could get!”
Kayla Miller, who lives on Herrett Road with her two kids, is comfortable with the institution.
“It’s nice that sometimes when we’re out here they’re out there playing ball,” said Miller. “So that’s good that they’re actually having sports and they’re all interacting and cheering for each other.”
The Correctional Service of Canada has not released much information into why or how the inmates refused to return to their cells, nor the extent of injuries, leaving little information for the public.
Mary Parsons, Springhill resident, thinks that the public typically doesn’t need the details.
“If it was a danger to the public, yes I think that we would need to know. I don’t think that they could be transparent because there’s lots of privacy issues. You wouldn’t really want to know what’s doing on in there anyway.”
“With a prison that big, there’s going to be things that happen,” said Lees. “I’m never surprised when anything’s on the news about it.”
The institution remains on lockdown.
 

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