Regional Reception Centre

Road leading to the Regional Reception Centre.

Regional Reception Centre

The Regional Reception Centre is a maximum-security facility located in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. The Institution opened in 1970 and has a rated capacity of 260 inmates.

Regional Reception Centre

On site parking is available to visitors and includes an area for handicapped parking and pregnant women.

parking

Regional Reception Centre main entrance.

main entrance

Upon entering, observers and victims are required to sign a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor's card is issued and must be worn and kept visible to institutional 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.

Visitors must sign a log.

Security staff may ask you to store your personal belongings in a locker.

lockers

Visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person may occur at that time.

metal detector

A manual metal detector may also be used to search visitors.

metal detector

Personal belongings will also be scanned.

scanner

Security door leading to the hearing room.

Security gate

Hallway to the hearing room. Electronic doors will open and close after you have walk through them.

Electronic doors

The hearing room is located on the left side of the hallway.

hallway

This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done 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 any questions you have will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation, as well as after the hearing is over. Observers have access to designated washrooms and water. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.

waiting room

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. A victim does not see the offender because the person sits away on the left side. The entire proceedings are tape recorded. A security officer may be present for hearings observed by victims.

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.

Following this, Board Members interview the offender regarding his previous 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. A victim may present a statement to the Board Members and may choose to read it or to present it on a videotape or an audiotape.

Parole hearing

When Board Members have reached a decision, everyone is asked to return 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 to ask questions or clarifications in regards to the decision.

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