Decommissioning of Antigonish and Cumberland Correctional Facilities

Memo from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Correctional Services Division
November 27, 2014

I am writing to advise you that after 66 years of service, the Antigonish Correctional Facility (ACF) and after 115 years of service, the Cumberland Correctional Facility (CCF) will close on January 7, 2015. As you may be aware, these two smaller correctional facilities are being decommissioned and replaced by the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (NNSCF) set to open in early February.

The opening of a new correctional facility requires a high level of staff training and orientation. To accommodate this period of training, the ACF and CCF will close as of 0900 hours on January 7, 2015. Offenders who would otherwise be held in custody at the ACF and CCF will be held in one of the other correctional facilities in the province. The ACF and DDF will not be accepting newly sentenced or remanded offenders as of January 2, 2015 at 0900 hours.

Correctional Services will work closely with you during this transition to ensure the efficient transport of offenders for court appearances. Court Administrators will be asked to liaise with the judiciary to seek court times which will accommodate travel within the province if such arrangements are possible without disrupting the flow of the court operations.

The above process, although logistically challenging, is necessary to ensure the NNSCF correctional staff are provided with all necessary training and familiarization required for the operation of this new facility.

Please distribute this correspondence within your service as you consider appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns with this arrangement, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Caroll, Superintendent, NNSCF at (902)478-7982.

William A. (Bill) Smith
Executive Director, Correctional Services