Edmonton Institution

Road to Edmonton Institution.

Edmonton Institution, located in Edmonton, Alberta, opened in 1978 and operates as a maximum-security facility. Edmonton Institution incarcerates about 200 inmates.

Main entrance of Edmonton Institution. Upon entering, observers and victims are required to sign a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor's card is issued and must be worn and kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communications Officer, or by a Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Victims Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and hearing room.

Visitors must pass through a metal detector where a search of person or personal belongings may occur. 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.

Visitors must leave the main entrance building to get to this building where parole hearings take place.

This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done by a PBC Regional Communications Officer or by a CSC Victim's Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision making will be explained and any questions answered. Visitors sit in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation, as well as after the hearing. Observers have access to designated washrooms.

Corridor leading to hearing rooms.

Area leading to the hearing room in the administration building.

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. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and is responsible for ensuring procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members can then begin 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 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 audiotape. Observers and the victims are seated at the back of the room. A security officer may be present during hearings. When Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order to allow the Board Members time to deliberate.

Observers return to the waiting room and may ask questions about what they have observed.

When Board Members have made their 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 get clarification in regards to the decision.

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