Assault of an inmate at Matsqui Institution

News Release

February 5, 2018 Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On February 3, 2018, at about 3:35 p.m., two inmates were found to have been victims of an assault at Matsqui Institution, a medium security federal institution. The injured inmates were immediately evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment.  The assault has resulted in a serious injury to one of the inmates.

No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident.

The assailants have been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken. The Warden has ordered a lockdown and an exceptional search of the entire institution. Normal operations will resume when it is considered safe to do so.

Visits have been suspended until the search is completed.

The safety and security of institutions, their staff and the public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances of the incident and take the appropriate measures.



Gordon Tanner
Assistant Warden Management Services
Matsqui Institution

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