Beaver Creek, Fenbrook prisons to merge – as inmate total going up to 866, with 425 staff
GRAVENHURST — Big changes are coming to the Beaver Creek and Fenbrook prisons here this spring, summer and fall – that when done will total $25 million in federal spending and bring the inmate total to 866, with 425 staff.
MuskokaTODAILY has learned that the opening of 96 new medium security beds this summer — more than a year behind schedule — will also see the federal minimum and medium security prisons amalgamated as one correctional facility.
Daria Swain, CSC’s regional spokesperson in Kingston, told MuskokaTODAILY that Correctional Service Canada has yet to announce a new name.
But inside the prisons they say it will operate under the Beaver Creek (BCI) name.
Fenbrook (FMI) would no longer exist as a stand-alone medium security facility.
According to Swain: “FMI and BCI are being amalgamated under the operation and authority of one warden on April 1, 2014; however, a decision has not yet been made with respect to the future name of the facility.
“This new governance structure responds to the federal budget 2012 and the government’s overall ‘strategic and operating review’ by reducing costs and improving CSC’s efficiency and effectiveness,” she said.
Deputy wardens would in turn run the two prison divisions and various departments within the minimum and medium security sections.
As well, in the fall, 50 beds will be added to the minimum security section of the prison.
And this summer, three new administration buildings will be completed for the joint institution’s use.
The additional inmates will bring the number of prisoners at the new combined complex to a total of 866 – or 516 medium security beds and 350 minimum security beds.
And with about 425 staff (306 at FMI and 119 at BCI), there will be 1,291 people located at the prisons complex just off Hwy. 11 behind the Muskoka Airport, which is located on Gravenhurst’s northern border with Bracebridge.
Swain said the cost of expansions at FMI and BCI are estimated at approximately $15 million and $10 million, respectively, as announced by the Government of Canada during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
She also said CSC did not hire any additional “indeterminate staff” as a result of these construction projects.
The only new jobs were construction related.
Beaver Creek opened in 1961 at the former Second World War Norwegian Air Force training school. It has an identified perimeter, but no fences.
Fenbrook opened in 1998 and has high barbed wire fencing surrounding it.
David Ling is the current acting warden at Beaver Creek
And Scott Tempest is the warden at Fenbrook.
The new inmate units are being built inside Fenbrook and can’t be seen from the entrance roads.
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