Rockwood Institution

Rockwood Institution is a minimum-security facility, which is adjacent to Stony Mountain Institution. Located in Manitoba, the institution originally opened in 1962. It was refurbished in 1997 to provide 16 six-bed pods combined with nine 8-bed pods. The rated capacity is 167 inmates.

Driveway leading to the Rockwood Institution.

Parking is available on site for visitors and handicapped parking is available nearer the institution entrance.

All visitors including victims must report to registration located in the administration building. 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 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 main entrance. Doors open to the stairwell and hallway leading to the hearing room.

This is one of the waiting room areas. 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 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.

Stairwell leading to hallway.

Hallway leading to the hearing room, after the stairwell.

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 is also present for all hearings observed by victim. The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and is responsible for ensuring procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

Hearing room in circular seating for cultural hearings, which involve an Aboriginal Cultural Advisor. The cultural hearings are held in the multi-cultural centre located near the main institution.

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 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 return to the waiting room where they may ask questions or get clarification in regards to the decision.

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