Photographs of Federal Penitentiaries

Joyceville Institution

Joyceville InstitutionJoyceville Institution is a medium-security facility located about 20 kilometres northwest of Kingston Ontario. The official opening occurred in 1959 and it incarcerates about 450 inmates.

Joyceville InstitutionThis is Joyceville Institution outside view. Parking for visitors is available on site in front of the Institution.

Main entranceThis is Joyceville Institution's main entrance. All visitors including victims must report to the security desk. Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A card will be given to you and must be kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer, or a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room.

security deskThis is the security check desk. Visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person or personal belongings may occur.

Security DeskThis is the security check waiting area. Institutional security officer may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.

waiting roomThis is the main entrance of Joyceville Institution after passing the security check. It leads you to the hearing room and the waiting room.

Joyceville InstitutionA pre-hearing briefing is done by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer or a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision-making will be explained to you and questions will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation and after the hearing. Designated washrooms are available for observers.

Hearing roomPBC parole hearing participants include the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and the assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. The observers and the victims are seated in the back of the room and a security officer is present for all hearings observed by victims. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

Hearing roomThe PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures that procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing. Board Members start the hearing by asking the CSC Parole Officer to present the case and the recommendations. Board Members then interview the offender regarding his criminal and social history, institutional behaviour and results of programming and release plans. The offender's assistant may speak after Board Members are finished with the offender's interview.

Hearing roomA victim may present a statement to the Board Members. A victim may choose to read it or present it on a videotape or an audiotape.

Hearing roomWhen Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order for Board Members to deliberate. Observers return to the waiting room where they can ask questions about what they have observed.

Hearing roomWhen Board Members have made their decision, everyone returns to the hearing room. The Board Members will announce their decision to the offender and will provide reasons for that decision. The hearing is now over. The observers may return to the waiting room where they may ask questions or clarifications regarding the decision.