Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

April 24, 2008 02:41 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Physical Altercation at Saskatchewan Penitentiary

SASKATCHEWAN PENITENTIARY, PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - At approximately 1900 hours a group of gang-affiliated Medium Security inmates began fighting in the gymnasium and small yard area. Correctional Officers responded and quickly gained control of the incident.

Approximately 15 inmates were injured, 11 of whom were transported to Outside Hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Lock up was successfully completed and all remaining inmates have been safely returned to their cells and have been accounted for. No staff were involved in the incident nor did any staff sustain any injuries during the management of the incident.

The Correctional Service of Canada has zero-tolerance for institutional violence, and an investigation into the incident will be conducted. The Institution will remain locked down until further notice.

Saskatchewan Penitentiary is a federal penitentiary located 1 km West of Prince Albert, SK, currently accommodating 520 medium security inmates. The Saskatchewan Penitentiary Maximum Security Unit houses 90 maximum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Saskatchewan Penitentiary
    Darcy Begrand
    Media Relations
    (306) 765-8333
    Correctional Service of Canada
    Regional Headquarters - Prairie Region
    Wendy Tippett
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    (306) 975-5191