It took more than three years, but Corrections Canada has succeeded in firing an Alberta correctional officer with ties to violent gangsters. The staffer was discovered in a bar hanging out with gangsters; he revealed that he has been friends with the Bacon Brothers – a notorious family-led gang in the Vancouver area; and he was seen snorting cocaine at a party. A labour tribunal concluded that the officer’s explanations and denials were “not believable.” Testimony he gave at a hearing was “hesitant and evasive.” He was fired from his job at Bowden Institution.
(UPDATED JULY 14) It’s not surprising that convicts at Joyceville Institution, a decaying medium-security federal prison in Ontario that is racked by gang violence and tension, want to get away from the place. It is a brutal, crowded and decrepit facility built on a ridge overlooking the scenic Rideau Canal waterway on the northeastern outskirts of Kingston. Staff there recently discovered an escape plot, sources tell me, just the latest in a series of problems at the 52-year-old penitentiary.
Prison staff reported racial tension among inmates at a penitentiary in Ontario the day before a mini riot that sent eight prisoners to hospital, Cancrime learned. One prisoner from medium-security Joyceville Institution suffered serious injuries and was in intensive care Sunday evening, according to the Correctional Service of Canada. Corrections could not explain what caused the incident, which it labeled a “major disturbance.”