PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 17, 2012) - At approximately 6:50 p.m. on July 16, 2012, Saskatchewan Penitentiary, a multi-level security federal penitentiary, was placed on lockdown to facilitate the search of the institution as a result of a disturbance. The maximum security units continue to operate on normal routine.
The search is being conducted to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the institution, its staff and the inmates. The institution will return to normal routine when it is determined safe to do so.
The Prince Albert Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) are investigating the disturbance.
Visits to medium security inmates will be suspended until the search has been completed. Visits to maximum security inmates are not affected.
In order to improve its practices and prevent and reduce future incidents, CSC will continue to work in an effort to review the circumstances surrounding the incident and take action where necessary.