COWANSVILLE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2017) - Correctional Service Canada

On November 10, 2017, at about 2:30 p.m., a lockdown was put in place at Cowansville Institution, a medium security federal institution, to allow staff to conduct a search of the institution.

The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Visits have been suspended until the search is completed. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

The safety and security of the institutions is CSC's primary concern. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

CSC is committed to preventing the entry of contraband into its institutions. Our efforts help to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will continue to review the circumstances surrounding this incident and take the appropriate measures.

Contact Information:

Line Dumais
Regional Manager, Communications
Correctional Service Canada, Quebec Region
Laval
450-967-3350