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article imageCentral New Brunswick Prison on Lockdown

By Bob Ewing     Jun 18, 2007 in Crime
The maximum security Atlantic institute in Renous New Brunswick is under lockdown. Why? a riot broke out because a prisoner was unhappy with his health care services. How secure are our prisons?
A lock down took place at the maximum-security Atlantic Institute in Renous which is a bout 30 kilometers from Miramichi and 90 minutes from my house. When situations happen close to home you tend to pay more attention. I was not even aware there was a prison there until I came across this item.
The lock down is a result of the inmates’ actions which included breaking lights, windows, small appliances and sprinklers as well as starting a small fire. Around 10 p.m. Saturday night fifty-six inmates refused to return to their cells. The inmates started throwing chairs and causing damage; throwing chairs and breaking things. Three hours later a warden declared a riot but the inmates didn't return to their cells until around 7 a.m. on Sunday.
The fire was extinguished quickly even though the inmates continued to riot. No injuries have been reported. Corrections Canada sent in two negotiators just after midnight in an effort to get the prisoners to return to their cells. Other units, at the prison, have returned to normal while the 56 inmates remain under lock down.
The apparent cause of the riot was the dissatisfaction of one inmate with the health services he was receiving. The prison administration has not commented on the inmate’s complaint.
Should charges be laid against the prisoners, who rioted, the sentences that the prisoners receive could be added to their current sentences.
Prisons seem like powder kegs just waiting for someone to light the fuse. If they are so volatile how can we expect the people kept there to ever return to society and not get into trouble?
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