Fraser Valley Institution for Women

Fraser Valley Institution for women is a multi-level security facility. It opened in March 2004 and is located on the grounds of the Matsqui Complex in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Fraser Valley Institution has a rated capacity of 50 inmates.

This is the main entrance. All visitors including victims and observers must report to the security desk.

On site parking is available to visitors as well as handicapped parking.

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 warn and 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. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.

Visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person or personal belongings may occur at that time.

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 answered.

Visitors sit 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.

Parole Board of Canada (PBC)parole hearing participants include: Board Members, the Correctional Service Canada 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 security officer is present for all hearings observed by victims.

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. Observers and victims may be seated in close proximity to the offender.

The PBC hearing officer introduces the participants and is responsible for making sure that 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. The entire proceedings are tape recorded.

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 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 to ask questions or clarifications in regards to the decision.

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