Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

July 02, 2008 15:31 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Update on Incident at Edmonton Institution

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - On the afternoon of July 1, 2008, a serious altercation occurred in the recreation yard among several inmates of Edmonton Institution. The Correctional Service of Canada took immediate action to ensure the safety and security of everyone at the institution.

The institution was placed on lockdown to ensure security, and will remain in effect until the institutional management team is assured it is safe to return to a normal routine.

CSC is working with the local police as part of a criminal investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.

During the altercation, seven inmates were stabbed and one inmate was injured by a shot fired by a correctional officer who was attempting to bring the situation under control and prevent further injuries. No staff were injured during this incident.

These inmates were immediately transported to outside hospital to receive medical care for their injuries. Of the eight inmates sent to hospital yesterday, three have since returned to the institution, while five inmates remain in hospital to continue receiving medical treatment.

Two other inmates were sent to hospital this morning to treat minor injuries from yesterday's altercation.

Following the altercation, a group of approximately 40 inmates remained in the recreation yard and lit fires. Fires were extinguished and inmates were returned to their cells by 2:00 a.m. without further incident.

CSC takes all incidents of this type very seriously and will be examining all the circumstances around this incident to prevent future incidents of this type.

Edmonton Institution is a maximum security facility operated by the Correctional Service of Canada. It is located in Edmonton, Alberta and currently houses a population of 242 male offenders.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Daren Frick
    Media Spokesperson, Edmonton Institution
    (780) 472-4904