Bath front gate building entrance. Parking is available for visitors across the road from the front gate.
This is Bath Institution's main entrance. All visitors including victims must report to the security desk. Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor's card will be given to you and must be worn and kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer, or a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room.
Visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person or personal belongings may occur at that time.
Institutional security officer may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.
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 questions will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation and after the hearing is over. Designated washrooms are available for visitors.
PBC parole hearing participants include: the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and the assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. Observers and victims are seated in the back of the room and a security officer is present for all hearings observed by victims. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.
A victim may present a statement to the Board Members and may choose to read it or present it on a videotape or an audiotape.
When Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order for Board Members to deliberate. Observers return to the waiting room where they can ask questions about what they have observed.
When Board Members have made their decision, everyone returns 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 regarding the decision.
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