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Inmate report discovered in prison gym garbage can

A report containing pictures, names, birthdates and cell locations of 96 inmates, as well as other personal information, was found in an offender’s cell at an Alberta prison. Fourteen affected inmates complained to our Office.

An offender had discovered the report in a garbage can in the prison’s gym. Correctional Service Canada’s investigation determined that this report was routinely updated and posted for correctional officers in an office next to the gym. Out-of-date reports were being regularly discarded in the gym’s garbage can.

To ensure that such a disclosure does not occur again, Correctional Service Canada instructed the institution to stop posting this type of information in the office next to an area used by offenders and to take greater care with personal information.

The complaint was well-founded.

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