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Lockdown and search at Dorchester Penitentiary

Dorchester Penitentiary
Dorchester Penitentiary

On Nov. 13, 2017, at about 1 p.m., a lockdown was put in place at Dorchester Penitentiary, a multi-level security federal institution, to allow staff to conduct a search of the institution following an inmate assault.

The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Visits have been suspended until the search is completed. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Visitors who have already planned a visit are asked to contact the institution directly.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will continue to review the circumstances surrounding this incident and take the appropriate measures.

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