Adult Correctional Facilities

Core Business

The core business of adult correctional facilities is to provide safe and secure custody, direction and control of offenders, and, to provide programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with the successful, reintegration of offenders into the community.

Facilities

A core business of the Division is the operation of adult offender correctional facilities is to provide safe and secure custody and control of adult offenders, and, to provide programs to assist with the successful, reintegration of these offenders into the community. Its current facilities are:

  • The Antigonish Correctional Facility (Antigonish), a 17-bed facility for adult male offenders operates in a leased space which opened in 1948. It will close in 2014 with the opening of the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.
  • The Cape Breton Correctional Facility (Gardiner Mines), a 96-bed facility for adult male offenders which opened in 1975. This facility also operates, as needed, a four-bed dorm for adult women. and a six-bed temporary detention facility for youth. Women and youth are only housed in these temporary accommodations when attending court in Sydney, or while awaiting transfer to the women’s unit at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility or the Nova Scotia Youth Facility respectively.
  • The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Dartmouth), opened in 2001; it has 224 cells for adult male offenders, 96 of which have two beds per cell, and 48 cells for adult female offenders.
  • The Cumberland Correctional Facility (Amherst), opened in 1890 and renovated in 1978; it has 29 beds for adult male offenders. It will close in 2014 when the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility opens.
  • The 38-cell Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Yarmouth) opened in 2004; it houses adult male offenders.

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