Ontario Investing in New Regional Intermittent Centre for Elgin Middlesex
State-of-the-Art Facility to Help Protect Staff and Inmates
Ontario has started construction on a 112-bed regional intermittent centre on the grounds of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre to address capacity issues, reduce contraband and improve safety for correctional staff and inmates at the facility.
An intermittent sentence is a sentence of 90 days or less that offenders serve in segments of time, typically on weekends, rather than all at once.
Security and workplace safety features of the new intermittent centre include:
- A separate entrance for inmates serving intermittent sentences which will prevent contraband from being introduced into the main facility
- State-of-the-art security features including electronically secured doors, locks, windows and washrooms, furniture that is bolted to the floor as well as full camera coverage of the facility
- Hallways with uninterrupted sight lines for correctional officers
- Natural light
Intermittent centres are a safe and smart way to address capacity pressures and separate offenders serving short term sentences from the general inmate population.The $8.5 million, 25,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in late 2015.
- Intermittent sentences are decided by a judge who must take into consideration factors such as the nature of the offence and the age and character of the offender, which may include whether employment and child care responsibilities would make it difficult to serve a regular sentence.
- Cambridge-based Collaborative Structures Limited is building the new regional intermittent centre on the grounds of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.
- Ontario’s first intermittent centre, the Toronto Intermittent Centre, opened in December 2011 as part of the newly opened Toronto South Detention Centre.
“Moving forward on the new regional intermittent centre at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre is all about improving staff and inmate safety, addressing capacity issues, reducing contraband, and building a safer community. It is a key part of our transformation of Ontario’s correctional system focused on increased access to rehabilitation programs, enhanced mental health supports, and community-based reintegration partnerships.”
“The Community Advisory Board looks forward to the completion of this new regional intermittent centre. Our board has learned of the unique challenges faced by staff and inmates when intermittent offenders arrive at the institution each weekend. This facility is a step forward in the way intermittent offenders will be managed. It will also mean less disruption to the regular inmate population and provide staff with a modern work environment.”