Atlantic Institution is a maximum-security facility. It accommodates all maximum-security offenders in the Atlantic region that cannot be managed in any other facility. It opened in 1987 and has a rated capacity of 240 inmates. The Institution is located in the rural community of Renous, New Brunswick, 30 kilometres from the City of Miramichi.
This is Atlantic Institution's main entrance. All visitors including victims and observers must report to the security desk. Upon entering, observers and victims are required to sign a visitor's log. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer, or a Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor's card is issued and must be kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Institutional security staff may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Visitors must pass through a metal detector at which time a search of person or personal belongings may occur. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.
On-site parking is available to visitors as well as handicapped parking.
PBC parole hearing participants include: Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and his/her assistant. The assistant is chosen by the offender, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. A security officer is also present during the hearing. Observers and the victims are usually seated at the back of the room.
The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and is responsible for making sure the procedural safeguards are respected. Board members then begin the parole hearing.
Board Members start the hearing by asking the parole officer from Correctional Service Canada to present the case and to make recommendations. Following this, Board Members interview the offender regarding his criminal and social history, institutional behaviour, and results of programming and release plans. The offender's assistant may speak after Board Members are finished with the offender's interview.
A victim may present a statement to the Board Members and may choose to read it or to present it on a videotape or an audiotape. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.
When Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order to allow Board Members time to deliberate. Observers return to the waiting room where they may ask questions about what they have observed.
When Board Members have reached a decision, everyone is asked to return to the hearing room. The Board Members will announce their decision to the offender and will provide reasons for that decision. The hearing is now over.
The observers return to the waiting room where they may ask questions or clarifications in regards to the decision.
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