The Prince Albert Provincial Correctional Centre (PAPCC) might be undergoing a 72-cell unit expansion to address issues concerning overcrowding, says Drew Wilby, executive director of corporate affairs with Ministry of Corrections and Policing.
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The Prince Albert Provincial Correctional Centre
Construction could begin as early as the fall of this year pending approval from the Prince Albert Department of Planning and Development Services, Wilby said.
In March of 2012, the Saskatchewan government allocated $24 million over three years to facilitate the expansion of PAPCC, as well as $9.6 million for the 30-cell expansion of Pine Grove Correctional Centre, which is set for completion later this year.
The Pine Grove Correctional Centre has projected to hire 92 fulltime equivalent staff to service the expansion, while PAPCC – which has more than twice as many inmates -- might require more than 100 additional fulltime staff, Wilby said.
The expansions will help address some of the key issues surrounding overcrowding at the facilities that range from a lack of available classroom space, to reducing the potential for gang violence, he said.
“Overcrowding is certainly an issue of great concern for us, and by expanding these facilities, we are well on our way to being able to manage it within Prince Albert,” he said.
In 2012, the average-daily-count at the PAPCC was 365, which is more than double the one-inmate-per-cell capacity of 154.
The Pine Grove Correctional Centre is also set open their new 30 cell, 60 bed expansion later this year.
"This will make things a lot better and safer for both staff and clients," Wilby said; while referencing to the preferential one to two prisoners per cell setup.
The PAPCC application for expansion will be discussed at the Prince Albert City Council meeting on June 24.