Okanagan Correctional Centre welcoming new inmates

A Penticton man was the first to be sentenced from the local courthouse to serve time at the brand new Okanagan Correctional Centre.

Dignitaries

A Penticton man was the first to be sentenced from the local courthouse to serve time at the brand new Okanagan Correctional Centre.

Taylor McFadyen, 27, was sentenced to seven days in jail for a probation order breach and headed to the correctional centre just north of Oliver in the  Senkulmen Business Park.

Jan. 16 was the opening day for $193-million facility, with the keys getting handed over to the province in  October.

Staying on schedule, system testing, on-site staff familiarization and the outfitting of the centre with furniture and supplies have been completed and inmates are set to start phasing in.

“The phasing in of inmates will continue until fall 2017; by then, we expect the inmate count to reach about 400,” Cindy Rose, BC Corrections spokesperson, said in a statement.

“Initially we’re moving in inmates from the Okanagan catchment area — that is, those whom the courts would send to corrections with the Okanagan in mind, given the new custody option there. The inmate count will continue to climb as the courts send more individuals to the OCC and as transfers from other centres are scheduled.”

BC Corrections said in a statement the correctional centre will increase safety across all 10 provincial correctional centres, providing more inmate housing options.

The province said the facility provided 300 direct jobs in the South Okanagan for correctional officers and support staff.

The facility is the first of its kind, built in partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band.

The 29,500-square-metre, high-security facility houses both male and female inmates, as well as remanded and sentenced prisoners. The maximum sentence to be served at the OCC is two years less a day. The OCC is also the first correctional facility to open in B.C. in 15 years.

Around 140 inmates begin phasing in this week, with another set of inmates expected to be phased in sometime in May.

“The centre will also continue to present opportunities for existing and new staff. For example, as current staff from other regions choose to pursue opportunities to continue their careers in the Okanagan, at their discretion, this will open up hiring opportunities for people who may be considering a career in corrections in those other regions and communities.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

Morning Start: Water can freeze and boil at the same time

Your morning start for Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hunting cabins were built west of Summerland

Area around Darke Lake was once known as the Piggeries

CrossFit Vernon celebrates a decade of community

For 10 years, CrossFit Vernon has been supporting their community

Vernon veteran reaches 101 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Birthday celebration through the window at care home

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen presents bursaries worth more than $40,000

Nine endowment funds provided bursaries to 20 students within region

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Molotov cocktails thrown at Revelstoke home in arson attempt

The flames were extinguished before they spread

Fire at Marble Point near Sicamous now under control

Two days of work on the fire has reduced its size and controlled it

Driver rescued after car goes down embankment near Kelowna

The Kelowna Fire Department performed the high-angle rope rescue around 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 5

UPDATE: Wildfire forces evacuation of homes Summerland and Penticton

Emergency vehicles are at the scene near Sage Mesa

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

Three screening officers at Vancouver airport test positive for COVID-19

The public is not believed to be at risk of exposure

Most Read