Ontario Strengthens Security at Provincial Adult Correctional Facilities

Published on April 28, 2021

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones has announced that the government is implementing the use of specialized devices at 25 adult correctional facilities across the province to detect and locate contraband cellphones.



Prohibited cell phones are a growing concern within facilities and can be used by inmates for criminal activities, to intimidate witnesses or share security details from within an institution. The unauthorized use of cell phones is a serious threat to the safety of corrections staff and inmates and is being used to conduct criminal activity inside and outside of our facilities. That is why, as a next step in a broader contraband strategy, the government is implementing specialized devices at all adult correctional institutions across the province to detect and locate cell phones.

 

These new devises are an important tool to ensure correctional staff are equipped with the modern tools and technology needed to do their job safely and securely. This follows a recent move to install ion scanners at 11 adult correctional facilities across the province. Body scanners, hand-held and walk-through metal detectors, searches, and canine units are also available to staff to prevent, detect, confiscate, and reduce contraband within institutions.

 

This new action is part of the government’s strategy to enhance security and improve staff and inmate safety, and builds on our commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional services in Ontario. We remain committed to equipping our corrections staff with the modern tools and technology they need to do their job safely and ensure continued security in correctional facilities.

 

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