DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2013) - At approximately 12:15 p.m., on January 21, Drumheller Institution, a medium security federal penitentiary, was placed on lockdown to facilitate the search of the institution as a result of an incident. Five inmates were found to have been assaulted. Injuries were sustained but are not considered serious.

The safety and security of our institutions is the primary consideration of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). The institution will re-open as soon as the search is complete and it is determined safe to do so.

Regularly scheduled visits to the institution may be affected. Those who have previously scheduled visits are asked to contact the institution directly.

In order to improve its practices to prevent and reduce future incidents, CSC will continue to work in an effort to review the circumstances surrounding the incident and take action where necessary.

Contact Information:

Correctional Service Canada
Dawn Bancroft
Chief Administrative Services
Drumheller Institution
(403) 820-6154