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Atlantic Region


SPRINGHILL INSTITUTION

Springhill, Nova Scotia

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Facility Role Statement
Springhill Institution is a medium-security facility operating pursuant to various legislative acts, which impose binding legal obligations, but is also guided corporately by a comprehensive internal mission, vision and values framework. It is through an effective blend of the legal and corporate mandates that the Correctional Service of Canada develops and defines its policies, procedures and service delivery.

About the Institution
Springhill Institution is the largest "fenced" correctional facility located on 167 hectares of land and situated on a plateau overlooking the town of Springhill, County of Cumberland, approximately 30 kilometers from Amherst, Nova Scotia. It houses the largest medium-security offender population in the Atlantic Region and is the only major male federal institution in Nova Scotia. The town of Springhill, has a proud and long history as a coal mining community, however, all mining operations were terminated following a major mine disaster in 1958.

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.

SPRINGHILL INSTITUTION
MEDIUM-SECURITY UNIT
MALE OFFENDERS

Facility Characteristics
Date opened: 1967
Security level: Medium

As of April 6, 2004
Rated capacity: 366
Number of inmates: 379

Offender in Count

YearNumber of offenders
2004379
2003389
2002380
2001383
2000383
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