Mayor wants Stephenville to be site of new prison

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Mayor Tom O’Brien has all kinds of rationale as to why a proposed new prison for the province should be located in Stephenville.

“We look forward to the consulting firm engaged by government for the design of the prison and site location coming to Stephenville and evaluating the merits of locating the institution here,” O’Brien said at a council meeting Thursday.

He said there is a long history of corrections in Stephenville, including the West Coast Correctional Centre that’s currently in the town. He said the facility has had success for more than 30 years and has a capacity of more than 50 inmates.

An exchange service agreement with the federal government to house federal inmates at the correctional centre in Stephenville has been effective and efficient, said O’Brien, and the facility offers some beneficial programs.

The mayor said another advantage is that a large RCMP detachment is located in the town, with more than 30 members, modern equipment and services. There is availability of provincial court, legal aid, Crown attorney and private law offices, along with the presence of the John Howard Society and support services at Westbridge House.

O’Brien listed a number of other services, including the presence of denominational churches and chaplaincy, which currently provides regular visits to the West Coast Training Centre.

He told councillors that other penal institutions in Atlantic Canada are not located in the larger centres, but rather in smaller communities.

In New Brunswick, there is one in the rural Northumberland Country community of Renous, which has a population of 1,200. The prison opened in 1987 with a capacity of 287.

Dorchester, a New Brunswick community with a population of 1,400, has a prison with a capacity of 350 inmates.

The Nova Scotia prison is located in Springhill, a town with 4,000 people.

O’Brien said when the Women’s Correctional Centre was located in Stephenville its services were nearly unmatched. He said the town also has land that could be made available for the prison.

 

The Western Star

Organizations: West Coast Correctional Centre, RCMP, John Howard Society West Coast Training Centre.He

Geographic location: Stephenville, New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada Northumberland Country Nova Scotia Springhill Western Star

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  • rob
    July 29, 2014 - 10:19

    yeah just what stephenville needs, more criminals in town, the towns bad enough as it is

  • William
    March 16, 2014 - 18:21

    I say build this prison in St. John's . With all the violent, dangerous criminals/murders in this Province, I would rather see them locked up in someone else's town. When these guys escape,,they can be very dangerously so I' d rather having these criminals hiding around the city and in the backyard of PC Pen games then in my small town.

  • William
    March 16, 2014 - 18:19

    I say build this prison in St. John's . With all the violent, dangerous criminals/murders in this Province, I would rather see them locked up in someone else's town. When these guys escape,,they can be very dangerously so I' d rather having these criminals hiding around the city and in the backyard of PC Pen games then in my small town.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 14, 2014 - 21:35

    Someone is dreaming in technicolor.

  • PC Pen Games
    March 14, 2014 - 07:56

    With all due respect Mayor O'Brien, get real! With the majority of the criminal activity occuring in the Greater St. John's Region and St. John's having the most courts in province, you really think that it makes sense to build the provoncial prison in Stephenville?

    • Steve
      March 14, 2014 - 13:28

      And how many times have people commented on here that all criminals should be sent to Kelly's Island??? No one is talking about having all trials in Stephenville, just the jail. If these losers are on the other side of the province, IMO, out of sight, out of mind.

    • Angus
      March 16, 2014 - 05:49

      The women's corrective centre (ie jail) is located in Stephenville. It would be a natural and sensible decision to located the new penn there also. seems to me that a few people in St. John's have the Ottawa mentality. Nothing can be financed built or located outside of St. John's