News Release Archive

  Justice Minister Bill Gillis today announced the release of
  the call for proposals for the reconfiguration of the nine
  provincial adult correctional facilities.
  With this call, the search for a  preferred supplier'
  begins. This preferred supplier will help Correctional
  Services to define, develop and implement a plan for adult
  correctional facilities.
  The call for proposals document has been developed as part
  of the co-operative business solutions process. It was
  developed by Correctional Services and its consultants HHW
  Consultants Inc/Partnering and Procurement Inc. The process
  does not prescribe specific work to be completed or goods
  furnished. Instead, objectives are identified and
  prospective partners suggest methods to achieve these goals,
  working in co-operation with government.
  The principle objectives of the project are: to provide a
  safe and secure environment for offenders; safety for the
  public; and a safe and healthy working environment for
  staff; to provide the appropriate type and number of beds in
  the right locations; to provide rehabilitative programs that
  should complement those currently in existence; and to meet
  government's expenditure control targets.
  Once the preferred supplier is selected, a detailed study
  will be conducted. At that point, the preferred supplier, in
  co-operation with the province, will then design a new adult
  offender custody configuration. This plan will outline the
  number of institutions, their style and locations.
  Operational decisions will then follow.
  Only after the custody configuration plan has been completed
  will decisions be made on whether the facilities will be
  publicly operated, privately operated, or some combination
  of the two. The final stage of the project is
  "It is extremely important to note that we have not made any
  decisions on privatization," said Dr. Gillis. "We are doing
  a very careful analysis of our needs here in Nova Scotia,
  and our decisions will be made on that basis. It is simply
  premature to speculate on what level, if any, the private
  sector will have in operating adult correctional
  The preferred supplier is expected to be chosen by the end
  of April or early May. There are currently nine adult
  correctional facilities operated by the province, with an
  annual operating budget of $17.8 million.
  Contact: Michele McKinnon  902-424-6811
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