Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services :: Alternative Service Delivery

Correctional Services

Modernizing the System

The New Design

Ontario is continuing to build new, state-of-the-art facilities with ultra-modern features and advanced technologies that enhance public safety.

Some of the new design and technological features new facilities will have include:

Video Remand

  • Video remand uses videoconferencing for routine bail and remand hearings.
  • A judge and the accused face each other through a video link between the law court and the correctional facility.
  • A telephone with direct access to the inmate's lawyer, who is in court with the judge, offers privacy. The television monitor allows the inmate, the lawyer and the judge to see each other.
  • Routine procedures can take minutes instead of hours or days.
  • The program effectively reduces security risks as well as the costs associated with transporting prisoners. (Approximately 300,000 inmates travel to and from court each year.)

Sallyport Double-Locking Door System

  • This feature severely restricts inmate movement.
  • The first of two doors opens into an area of the facility.
  • By monitoring all activity through a window, staff control the opening and closing of the doors.
  • Staff open the second door in the sallyport system once they've determined it is safe to allow movement through the halls to continue.

Pod Housing Unit


  • Each housing unit, or pod, is made-up of six, 32-bed living units each with a common area.
  • The pod is secured by the sallyport double-locking system.
  • Each pod is equipped with exercise yards that are topped with mesh wire, and interview, program and visiting rooms.
  • The pods are self-contained units where inmates spend their days. Keeping these activities within a single housing unit reduces the need for inmate movement throughout the facility.

Control Station


  • A control station is located in the centre of each pod.
  • The station has direct sight lines down the halls and into all populated areas.
  • The pods are self-contained units where inmates spend their days. Keeping these activities within a single housing unit reduces the need for inmate movement throughout the facility.

Jail Cell

  • A cell is furnished with one bunk bed, two stools, a shelf, a sink, a toilet and a polished piece of aluminum substituting for a mirror.
  • All items are bolted to the floor or wall.
  • Showers are outside the cells in the common area.

Exercise Yard

  • Each pod is designed with an exercise yard, covered partially by a solid roof and partially by a mesh top.
  • The new style of roof combines outside access (even in bad weather) with tight security outside.

Video Camera Surveillance

  • Video cameras provide the control station with perfect sight lines within any area of the pod.

X-Ray Scanning Imagery and Metal Detectors

  • To restrict the flow of contraband into the prison system, all visitors must pass through a metal detector and any items being carried into the facility are examined by X-ray.

Visiting Areas

  • Each pod is designed with a no-contact visiting area (maximum security requirements).
  • Contact visits are a privilege and inmates must go through a series of sallyport doors to reach the area.

The following facilities feature the new design:

  • Maplehurst Correctional Complex (Milton);
  • Central North Correctional Centre (Penetanguishene);
  • Central East Correctional Centre (Lindsay); and
  • Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre