Pacific Institution/ Regional Treatment Centre

The Pacific Institution and the Regional Treatment Centre are co-located on the Matsqui Complex in Abbotsford, British Columbia. It operates as a multi-level Institution with a rated capacity of 400 offenders and patients. Both Institutions use the same hearing and waiting rooms. Note that the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) uses the same hearing and waiting rooms for both the Pacific Institution and the Regional Treatment Centre.

The Regional Treatment Centre is a maximum-security facility located on the Matsqui Institution Complex in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Institution opened in 1972 and incarcerates about 150 offenders.

This is the Pacific Institution entrance. All visitors including victims and observers must report to the security desk. Parking is available on site for visitors.

Observers and victims are required to sign in a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor card will be given to you and must be worn so as to be visible to institutional staff at all times during your visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC)(PBC Regional Communication Officer or a Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and hearing room.

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 walkway to the waiting room and to the hearing room. A security door will open and will close behind you once you have entered.

This is the entrance to the waiting and the hearing room.

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 your questions will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation and after the hearing is over. Observers have access to designated washrooms.

PBC parole hearing participants include: The Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and his assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. A security officer is also present during the hearing. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then resume 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 and may choose to read it or to present it on a videotape or an audiotape. Observers and the victims are seated at the back of the room. A security officer is present for all hearings where victims are present.

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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