Commissioner's Directive

Designation of Release Sites Other Than Penitentiaries


  • To identify processes required to designate sites other than penitentiaries from which offenders may be released


Applies to staff responsible for designating places, other than penitentiaries, from which offenders may be released


  1. Regional Deputy Commissioners will ensure that agreements are in place with police detachments to release offenders, where required.
  2. When an offender’s conditional release has been revoked, terminated or interrupted, he or she can be released from a provincial institution without being returned to a penitentiary.
  3. In these cases, the Area Director or designate (of the parole office responsible for the offender) will:
    1. confirm with the Chief, Sentence Management, that the offender is eligible to be released and on what type of release
    2. advise the Director of the provincial institution in writing of his or her authority to release the offender.


Original Signed by:
Don Head



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