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Toronto South Detention Centre

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Toronto South Detention Centre

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Construction of the Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) was completed in two phases. The first phase was the Toronto Intermittent Centre (TIC), a 320-bed facility housing inmates serving weekend intermittent sentences. The TIC began accepting inmates on Dec. 9, 2011.

Phase 2, the 1,650-bed facility for remanded and sentenced inmates, offers a number of specialized programs for offenders, including a mental health assessment unit, special needs unit and an Aboriginal program area.

TSDC features a combination of direct supervision and indirect supervision units. Direct supervision units have staff positioned inside the living unit with the inmates while indirect supervision units have staff situated in a module outside the living unit.

Toronto South Detention Centre:

  • Reflects sound correctional practices in a functional, maximum security environment.
  • Addresses Ontario's current and future inmate capacity needs.
  • Maintains the highest of security standards, with state-of-the-art technology to provide for public safety, internal safety and security.
  • Upholds sound environmental standards - the building is designed and built to aim for LEED Silver certification.
  • Has an unobtrusive, community-friendly design with an open concept public reception area.

Building Features:

The TSDC uses new design and technological features to create a safer facility for both staff and inmates.

Video Remand

  • Video remand uses videoconferencing for routine bail and court appearances through a video link between the court and the facility. 
  • Using video remand contributes to public safety by reducing the number of times inmates must be transported to and from court. 

Living Units

Inmate living units provide an area suitable for the safety and security of both staff and inmates within the facility. Each unit has:

  • A program room
  • A fresh air yard
  • Video visit booths
  • Showers outside the cells
  • A television and seating area
  • A phone for collect calls
  • Cells with one bunk bed, two stools, a sink, and a toilet secured to the floor 

X-Ray Scanning Imagery and Metal Detectors

To enhance the safety and security of the facility all visitors and volunteers will pass through a metal detector and any items being carried into the facility are examined by X-ray.

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