Collins Bay Institution

Collins Bay Institution is a medium-security facility and is the second oldest institution for federal male offenders in the Ontario region. The institution opened in 1930 and incarcerates about 225 inmates.

Collins Bay Institution

View of Collins Bay Institution from Bath Road, Kingston. Parking is available for visitors in the area east of the Institution.

Collins Bay Institution

This is Collins Bay Institution's main entrance. 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.

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 card will be given to you and must be worn and kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit.

security desk

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.

lockers

This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done by a PBC Regional Communication Officer or a CSC Victim Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision-making 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 observers.

waiting room

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.

Parole Hearing

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures that 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. Board Members then 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. A victim 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.

Hearing Room

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 may return to the waiting room where they may ask questions or clarifications regarding the decision.

Parole Hearing
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