Edmonton Institution For Women

Edmonton Institution For Women is a fenced multi-level facility (minimum-medium and maximum), located in the western part of the City of Edmonton. It opened in the Fall of 1995 in the heart of an industrial park. It offers a positive and supportive environment which focuses primarily on safe and timely reintegration. The Institution has a rated capacity of 110 inmates.

All visitors including victims must report to the security desk located in the Duty Office. Parking is available on site for visitors and handicapped parking is available close to the institution entrance.

Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. Please ensure you have a 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. 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 questions will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Member deliberations and after the hearing is over.

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 during hearings.

Elder assisted parole hearing room.

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and is responsible for making sure that procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then proceed with the parole hearing.

Board Members start the hearing by asking the CSC Parole Officer 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 the 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 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 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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