Riverbend Institution

Riverbend institution is a minimum-security facility located one km west of the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. This facility together with the regular inmates also houses conditional released offenders with residency requirements. Riverbend can house about 90 inmates.

Riverbend Institution inmate housing compound.

Parking is available on site for visitors and handicapped parking is available nearer the institution entrance. Hearings are held in this main building.

All visitors including victims must report to the security desk located in the main building.

Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. 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. 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.

Hallway to the hearing room. Observers and victims are escorted to the waiting room which is adjacent to the 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.

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. This mock hearing demonstrates how a victim may present a statement to Board Members from the observer seating area behind the offender. The entire proceedings are tape recorded.

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin 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. A victim may choose to present a statement to the Board Members either by reading it or presenting 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 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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