Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 04, 2006 22:29 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Inmate Stabbing

EDMONTON INSTITUTION, EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - June 4, 2006) - At approximately 2:35 P.M. MT today, an inmate at Edmonton Institution maximum security was stabbed in a living unit. His injuries were initially considered serious enough by institution health care staff and he was transported by STARS to an outside hospital. The City of Edmonton Police were notified immediately and will conduct their own investigation. There are no injuries to staff.

At approximately the same time, an inmate fight in another living unit required a Correctional Officer to fire a warning shot. The inmate immediately stopped the assault and the victim was removed to institutional health care where his injuries were assessed as minor. Inmate was sent to outside hospital for stitches.

At the present time, the institution has been locked down to conduct an investigation and facilitate a search of the facility. The facility will reopen once institutional management determines that it is safe to do so.

The prevention and control of violence is an ongoing concern of correctional systems world-wide. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) works to ensure the continued safety and security of the public, staff and inmates. CSC monitors and examines each incident of violence in order to improve its measure to prevent and reduce future incidents.

Edmonton Institution is a maximum security institution located near the community of Edmonton. Edmonton is capable of housing up to 362 male offenders serving federal sentences of two years or more in a secure setting.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada - Edmonton Institution
    Mark Kemball
    Deputy Warden
    (780) 472-4903
    Correctional Service of Canada - Edmonton Institution
    Jim MacKenzie
    Media Liason
    (780) 472-4929