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Millhaven Institution is a maximum-security facility located in Bath, Ontario. It opened in 1971 and incarcerates about 430 inmates.
At Millhaven Institution, all visitors, including victims, must report to the security desk. Visitors are required to sign in a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor card will be given to you and must be kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer, or a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room. Parking is available on site for visitors.
On the ground of Millhaven Institution you may encounter some deer. They are not dangerous but we strongly suggest that you do not approach them and that you do not feed the animals.
The security check desk is located in a building separated from the Institution. Here, visitors must pass through a metal detector and a search of person or personal belongings may occur. Institutional security staff may ask you to place your personal belongings in a locker. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.
After the security check, you will pass through a locked gate. The walkway leads you to the Institution where the hearing and waiting rooms are located.
This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done by a PBC Regional Communication Officer or a CSC Victim Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision-making process will be explained to you and questions will be answered. Visitors are in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation and after the hearing is over.
PBC parole hearing participants include: the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and the assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.
The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures that procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing usually by asking the CSC Parole Officer to present the case and to make recommendations. Board Members then interview the offender regarding his criminal and social history, institutional behaviour and results of programming and release plans. The offender's assistant will speak after Board Members are finished with the offender's interview.
A victim may present a statement to the Board Members. A victim may choose to read it or present it on a videotape or an audiotape. Observers and victims are seated in the back of the room. When Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order for Board Members to deliberate. Observers return to the waiting room where they can ask questions about what they have observed.
When Board Members have made their decision, everyone returns to the hearing room. The Board Members will announce their decision to the offender and will provide reasons for that decision. The hearing is now over. The observers may return to the waiting room where they may ask questions or clarifications regarding the decision.