The provincial justice department is moving forward with plans for a new jail in Dauphin, which was first announced last year.
"We’re following through with our commitment to build a new correctional facility in Dauphin," said justice minister Andrew Swan, as the province issued a request for proposals on the new jail. "The new facility will offer a better and safer environment for correctional officers to do their work. It will mean reduced health and safety risks for both employees and inmates."
Capacity for the new facility will be 180 beds, which should ease pressures on jails in Brandon and The Pas. That, in turn, will allow better mental-health programming and skills training.
"More capacity in our corrections system allows for better programming such as jobs training and education," Swan said. "We know that when we equip people with good life skills they are less likely to reoffend, bringing down recidivism rates."
The construction of a new correctional facility was a recommendation of the Adult Corrections Capacity Review Committee report and land for it is being provided to the province by the city of Dauphin and the RM of Dauphin.
In addition to the request for proposals, Swan said he will also be consulting this year with residents near the site, as well as with other stakeholders.