Springhill, Nova Scotia
Facility Role Statement
About the Institution
Historically, this facility has been responsible for managing the Atlantic region's largest medium-security general offender population as well as the Regional Reception Centre (RRC). The Institution also provides service support to the Atlantic region through the operation of its regional laundry.
The RRC makes a significant contribution to the region and toward the goal of offender reintegration by ensuring programming needs and offender risk are promptly identified and intervention strategies, to reduce risk, facilitated.
Springhill receives all offenders entering the federal system directly from the Courts as well as any Temporary Detention cases formerly released from Springhill and still considered medium-security. Other offenders housed at Springhill, albeit temporarily, include those rated as minimum-security who are awaiting transfer to Westmorland Institution. Psychiatric offenders who can function in a medium-security environment and who require only outpatient care and treatment will also be maintained at this facility.
Springhill Institution shares the responsibility for managing the Atlantic region's medium-security offenders with Dorchester Penitentiary. The evolution of each institution, however, has resulted in each having a quite different and unique focus. Dorchester is more oriented toward sex offender and intensive psychiatric treatment and has an older more homogeneous offender population. Springhill on the other hand, manages the RRC as well as a younger and more general medium-security offender population, many of whom have a greater propensity for institutional violence, are impulsive and, therefore create more security concerns and risks.
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