Stony Mountain Institution

Stony Mountain Institution, located 25 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, provides medium-security and reception accommodation for the province of Manitoba. The Institution opened in 1876 and has a rated capacity of 546 inmates.

After turning off the highway this is the roadway leading to the Stony Mountain Institution.

Parking is available on site.

All visitors including victims must report to the security desk. 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.

Electronic gate between the main entrance and the secure portion of the Institution. The stairwell leading to the hearing rooms is beyond this gate.

Main entrance stairwell leading to the hearing room for non-Cultural hearing room.

Walkway leading to the building where the Cultural hearings are held.

Outside walkway leading to the building where the Cultural hearings are held.

Aboriginal Cultural hearing room.

This is a waiting room outside the hearing room. A pre-hearing briefing is provided by a PBC Regional Communications Officer, or a CSC Victim Liaison Co-ordinator in a private office near the hearing room. 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 have access to designated washrooms.

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 PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing. Observers and the victims are seated in 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 entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

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 present a statement to the Board Members and may choose to either read it or to present it on videotape or 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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