Westmorland Institution

Westmorland Institution is the only minimum-security institution in the Atlantic region. It is located in the village of Dorchester next to Dorchester Penitentiary, approximately 40 kilometres from Moncton, New Brunswick. The Institution opened in 1975 and has a rated capacity of 180 inmates.

Westmorland Institution

View of roadway to both Westmorland and Dorchester penitentiaries. Turn left for Westmorland Institution.

Westmorland Institution

Westmorland Institution entrance. On site parking is available to visitors as well as handicapped parking.


Principal building entrance.

Principal building entrance

Westmorland Institution inside principal entrance. All visitors including victims and observers must report to the security desk.

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 worn and kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Institutional staff may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted at parole hearings.

visitors are required to sign a visitor's log

Visits and correspondence area.

Visits and correspondence area

This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done by a PBC Regional Communications Officer, or a CSC Victim Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision-making process will be explained to you and any questions you have will be addressed. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation, as well as after the hearing is over. Observers have access to designated washrooms.

waiting room

PBC parole hearing participants include: the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and his/her assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. 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. Victims are seated at the far end of the boardroom table when presenting their statement. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

Parole hearing

Observers and victims are sitting away from the boardroom table.


The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and makes sure the procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing. Board Members start the hearing by asking the CSC Parole Officer 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.

Parole hearing

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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