The federal agency entrusted to keep 15,000 criminals safely locked behind bars in more than 50 penitentiaries across Canada apparently can’t safeguard one of its key administrative buildings from simple burglars. The facility in Kingston, Ontario – a site that, according to my sources, houses dozens of high-powered weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition – was burgled recently by a thief who made off with keys to a prison service vehicle. The bandit got away largely because, remarkably, the Correctional Service of Canada regional staff college does not have a security officer on duty at the site overnight because of cost cutting.
A critical point in the perimeter security at Saskatchewan Penitentiary, one of Canada’s biggest federal pens, is “malfunctioning,” according to information posted on a government tender website. According to the posting, the sally port gates at Sask. Pen, which holds between 600 and 700 maximum- and medium-security convicts, need to be repaired. The “sally port” at a federal penitentiary is a passageway usually big enough to permit trucks and other vehicles to drive into the prison compound. Sally ports are critical security points, in part, because they’re typically the biggest opening in the perimeter fence/s or wall that secure the complex.