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Port-Cartier Institution, Canada

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Date Posted:October 4th, 2005
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Description: This maximum-security facility is located approximately 70 kilometers from Sept-Iles. It was opened in the fall of 1988, to take inmates from Laval Institution, which was closing down. Port-Cartier replaced Laval Institution, better known as the "old St-Vincent-de-Paul Institution". It has an infrastructure similar to Donnacona and accommodates long-term segregation cases. The institution also houses protective custody inmates, that is, offenders who must be isolated from the general population because of the nature of their crimes (sex offences and other crimes not accepted in the local inmate culture) and offenders who are having problems with other inmates. Port- Cartier has 243 cells in three cell blocks. Thirty cells are reserved for long-time segregation cases. The institution's mandate is to house all "protective custody" cases in Quebec Region. A "protective custody" case refers to an inmate who cannot be admitted to the "regular" population and must be kept separate. Usually, protective custody cases fall into the following categories: persons who have committed certain kinds of crimes (such as sexual offences against women or children), high-profile offenders, informers, offenders with incompatibles in other institutions, and social misfits.

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