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Tim Carroll has a lot of balls to juggle this summer as the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility being built in Priestville nears completion.
As superintendent of the correctional he’s been involved with everything from monitoring how the construction is coming along to hiring employees to work at the facility.
“It’s very challenging and very rewarding to be part of this process,” he said.
Because of the nature of correctional facilities, new ones aren’t built often, which makes this project unique especially considering the size.
So far progress has gone well with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and construction company mitigating any problems that have arisen.
“We’re hoping to begin training in the facility late fall,” Carroll said. “Once the training concludes, offenders would be coming through the door.”
Before the offenders are moved in there will be a period of three to four days for the public to come in and tour the facility as well as the families of those who will be working there.
Recruitment is ongoing for employees for the facility. Some will be coming from the Amherst and Antigonish prisons that are closing, but many from those areas have chosen to retire or to apply for other government jobs. About 130 people will be employed at the facility.
Carroll said they’ve been fortunate to have a strong number of quality applicants for every job posting so far. Some have come from as far away as B.C. while other applicants are local.
Jobs range from 86 positions for correctional officers to a chaplain as well as health care workers.
The first line of security at the facility will be the officers working there, Carroll said, but they will also have high-tech security measures including surveillance cameras throughout the facility.
“It’ll be the most modern, certainly in Atlantic Canada.”
Because of its proximity to the highway, he doesn’t expect neighbours to the facility will notice much difference in traffic when it opens.
He said their goal is to keep the public informed as the project continues and hopes that the facility will become a valuable part of the community.
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• The NNSCF is a 200-bed provincial facility.
• It will create about 130 jobs for the community.
• The facility will service Truro, Amherst, New Glasgow, Antigonish and to some extent Port Hawkesbury.
• Average period of incarceration is 90 days.
• A provincial correctional facility holds people in custody who have received a court sentence of up to two years less one day.