Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility
The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (CNSCF) opened in October 2001. This medium-security facility has a bed capacity of 322 male and 48 female offenders and a staffing compliment of 300 employees.
The facility configuration has three separate living units; the North Unit consisting of seven 16-cell day rooms for male offenders; the West Unit consisting of seven 16-cell day rooms for male offenders; and the East Unit consisting of four 12-cell day rooms for female offenders. The offender population is made up of provincially sentenced, remanded, parole suspensions, immigration violations, and newly sentenced federal offenders.
The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility is co-located with the Capital District Health Authority's East Coast Forensic Hospital. Each facility is independently operated and offenders and forensic clients are separate at all times. Although separate operations, the Capital District Health Authority provides all the primary Health Services via clinics on the Corrections side as needed, and Corrections staff provide security for Forensics.
As announced in the 2015-16 Capital Plan, the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility will undergo renovations over the next several years to change the configuration of the offender units to the direct-supervision model. At the same time, other upgrades will be carried out, including enhancements to security and surveillance systems.