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Prison Meeting for PIB?

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A meeting where neither party knows what they’re talking about?

… Pentiction Indian Band Chief Jonathan Kruger says he has been invited to a meeting in Vancouver next month with Solicitor General Shirley Bond. Kruger says there’s been no indication as to what will be discussed but he’s hoping for good news on the band’s bid for the 360-cell jail facility. However Bond’s office says the band requested this meeting and that no specific decision will be discussed at that time.

The other three bidders, Lumby, Summerland and the Osoyoos Indian Band, say they have not been contacted for a meeting with the minister. Read full story

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August 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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“Think of it as a small community…”

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Our new neighbours

At the March town hall meeting in Summerland, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Solicitor General, Brent Merchant’s advise was; “Think of the correctional center as a small community… a community like Summerland”.

7745 inmates released yearly

A local banker did some projections on the number of remand releases into our small community, based on the average inmate stay as stated by BC Corrections. (See the Do The Math post)

Although Correction’s figures differed at various public meetings, if we use the average given at the Summerland forum, of 56 days, we can expect roughly 7745 inmates to be released into our community yearly.

Below, are the mug shots of 77 prisoners. Multiply that by 100 and that’s how many inmates we will be seeing in Summerland each year.

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77 mug shots re Summerland Correctional Centre


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August 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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No place like home?

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“High risk to reoffend violently”

According to the Penticton Western News, a high-risk sex offender has moved from Saskatchewan to Okanagan Falls, just days after his release from a six year sentence in a Saskatchewan prison.

RCMP Inspector Brad Haugli is quoted in the article: “While he [the inmate] was incarcerated and after he is released corrections and behavioural sciences believed, and as such took appropriate action, that he is of high risk to reoffend violently and at medium risk to reoffend sexually. How they get to that risk level is unknown to me, but what they did then was seek a court order because they fear for a future offence to take place.”

The man is described as a 42-year-old Caucasian male, six-feet tall, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and bald head. RCMP also noted he has numerous tattoos including a panther on his chest, flames on his head, a barbarian and grim reaper on his calves, girl on his left and right thigh, and an eagle, skull and heart with ribbons on his arms.

“Inmates will go home upon release”

Brent Merchant, Assistant Deputy Minister to the Solicitor General, assured residents at the public prison forums that released inmates return to their home towns to friends and family. It would appear that the former inmate pictured above is an exception to that rule.

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August 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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A frightening threat

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Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre guards concerned: inmate gets hands on guards names and phone numbers

Inside prisons - Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and inmate with telephone numbers of guards

August 5, 2011 – A cell search at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre uncovered a list of guard’s names and personal phone numbers in one of the inmate’s cells. BCGEU Corrections Chair Dean Purdy says the situation is being interpreted as a frightening threat. Source: CFJC TV

According to Purdy, jail guards already work in a tense atmosphere. Purdy says the jail was originally built for 168 inmates and now routinely houses over 300, and staff often have to work alone with up to 40 inmates — the job is getting more and more difficult.

Purdy says attacks on staff have increased recently – including two female correctional officers who were assaulted in the past week.

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August 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

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Letter to Penticton Herald from Shirley Bond, Solicitor General

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“There is no private management of BC Corrections”

August 2 – Solicitor General Shirley Bond’s letter to the editor in today’s Penticton Herald disputes a letter by a Summerland resident who had concerns regarding the Surrey Pretrial expansion being contracted on a P3 basis.

The Surrey Pretrial will be designed, built, financed and maintained by Brookfield Partnerships Surrey, a company with $150 billion dollars in assets.

The Surrey facility contract between the Province and Brookfield, signed two weeks ago, was brought to light by Vancouver Sun writer, Daphne Bramham in an article titled ‘Tough on crime and good for profits‘.

Shirley Bond disputes P3 facts in letter to the editor: Penticton Herald

Dear Editor,

I think it’s important to clear any confusion from the letter to the editor, published July 27 in the Penticton Herald., “Prison would have P3 model.”

There is no private management or staffing of any BC Corrections facilities and this will not change with future expansions or the eventual construction of an Okanagan centre.

Government infrastructure has been maintained through publicly-tendered service contracts for many years now.

The province has never transferred BC Corrections’ authority or real estate to any private sector company. Government retains ownerships of all provincial jails, and correctional services continue to be delivered through public service staff.

All of our centres have created jobs in the communities in which they are located. Construction on the Okanagan centre will generate 400-500 direct jobs, and in the long-term the centre will employ about 240 public service correctional staff in addition to contracted staff such as nurses, dentists and counsellors.

A new centre is a significant, long-term investment for the Province and the community where it is located. As we continue to evaluate potential sites in the Okanagan I want to assure the public there is no private partner involved in that decision-making process.

Shirley Bond

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General


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August 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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