Okanagan prison still filling jobs

By Pete McIntyre
July 8, 2016 - 6:15pm

OLIVER, B.C. — Construction of BC's newest prison should be done by this fall.

The province says the Okanagan Correctional Centre near Oliver remains on time and budget, with completion expected by the end of September.

That will be followed by system testing and staff familiarization, with inmates moving into the new 378 cell facility next year.

About 190 of the 240 jobs have been filled including a warden,  three deputy wardens, and 130 correctional officers.

Two final information sessions for those interested in correctional 
officer positions will take place in Kelowna: July 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kelowna Justice Institute, 825 Walrod St., and in Penticton: July 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penticton Days Inn, 152 Riverside Dr.

Once opened, the Oliver facility will have 378 cells and will take the pressure off the correctional centre in Kamloops.

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