Regional Psychiatric Centre

Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) is a multi-level psychiatric hospital located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and operated by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) through an affiliation agreement between Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. The Centre provides assessment, intensive programming, treatment for mental disorders, and a 24-hour medical care to individuals from the federal and provincial justice systems.

Regional Psychiatric Centre's main entrance. All visitors including victims must report to the security desk. Parking is available on site.

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.

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 parole hearings.

View of the gate at the entrance of the security grounds.

View of the doorway into the main institution.

Front foyer of the Regional Psychiatric Centre.

Hallway leading to the hearing room.

This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is provided by 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 and victims have access to designated bathrooms.

PBC parole hearing participants include the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer; and 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 that procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then proceed with the parole hearing.

Observers and the victims are seated at the back of the room and may be within close proximity to the offender. A security officer is also present for all hearings observed by victim. 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.

Hearing room for Cultural Hearings, which involves an Aboriginal Cultural Advisor.

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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