Drumheller Institution and Annex

Road leading to Drumheller Institution.

Drumheller Institution, located in Drumheller, Alberta, was opened in 1967 and provides accommodation for medium-security inmates. It has a rated capacity of 598 inmates. It also includes an integrated 72-bed minimum-security facility.

Visitors will drive by this security booth upon entering the Drumheller grounds. You do not need to stop, keep going towards the parking.

View of Drumheller Institution. On-site parking is available for visitors. Visitors must pass through a metal detector where a search of person or personal belongings may occur at that time. Institutional security staff may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted at the parole hearings. A pre-hearing briefing is provided 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 Member deliberations and after the hearing is over.

Drumheller administrative building where hearings take place for medium-security inmates. Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. Please ensure you have photo identification with you. A visitor card will be given to you and must be worn so as to be visible to 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 Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room.

Drumheller annex building where hearings take place for minimum-security inmates.

PBC parole hearing participants include 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. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

Observers and the victims are seated at the back of the room and may be within close proximity to the offender. A security officer may be present for hearings. A victim may present a statement to the Board Members. It is possible to read it or present it on a videotape or an audiotape.

Once the PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and makes sure the procedural safeguards are respected, then Board Members 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.

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 the 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.

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