Grande Cache Institution

Grande Cache Institution is a minimum/medium security facility located approximately 445 km west of Edmonton, Alberta in the community of Grande Cache. It opened in 1983 and has a rated capacity of 243 inmates.

Grande Cache's main entrance. Parking is available on site for visitors as well as for handicapped persons.

All visitors including victims must report to the security desk. Visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person or personal belongings may occur at that time. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.

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.

Administration building where parole hearings take place.

Inside the Administration building. Corridor leading to the parole hearing room.

Corridor leading to the Elder-Assisted parole hearing room.

This is the waiting room area. 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 Members deliberation and after the hearing is over.

Hearing room for aboriginal offenders.

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. 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. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures 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. Board Members then interview the offender regarding 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. It is possible 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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