The purpose of the Corrections Service is the correction and treatment of offenders and the protection of the community.
The Division is responsible for the detention and safe custody of youth and adult inmates in correctional facilities, located in Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Smith. During incarceration, inmates are provided with supervision, treatment and training opportunities with the aim to rehabilitate. A comprehensive list of programs that are offered at each correctional facility is listed on the specific facilities website:
- the North Slave Correctional Complex in Yellowknife; comprised of adult male unit and the Youth Unit;
- the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre in Hay River; and
- the Fort Smith Correctional Complex, comprised of separate units for male and female inmates.
The Corrections Service offers probation and parole supervisions, counseling and aftercare services to offenders. The probation officer may provide information to the Court on an offender’s background, for consideration before sentencing.
To ensure that people with northern backgrounds are prepared for a career in the Corrections Service, the Corrections Northern Recruitment Training Program provides an eight week full-time training program in various communities in the Northwest Territories.