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The Brandon Correctional Centre.
A teenage girl was reportedly placed in intensive care following a suicide attempt at the Brandon Correctional Centre.
On Saturday evening, a youth being detained at the provincial jail attempted suicide, a spokesperson for Manitoba Justice confirmed.
"As you can appreciate, the department is very limited in what it can say due to (the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Personal Health information Act) restrictions," the spokesperson said.
"However, I can tell you that staff intervened as quickly as possible and the youth was transported to hospital."
The incident has already prompted a thorough review to determine "exactly what happened in an effort to try to prevent other situations like this from happening."
There were no suicides in provincial correctional centres last year, the spokesperson said.
Crisis counsellors have been made available for staff and residents at the jail, while spiritual care is also being provided to the family at the hospital.
The youth was set to appear on charges in Brandon Court this morning.
As of yesterday, there were 317 men, eight women and four youths for a total of 329 inmates at BCC.
The facility’s rated capacity is 244 men and eight women or 252 beds.
The jail also "has a small unit separate from the adult population used for youth who have to attend local court or await a transfer to another facility."
There are currently 158 correctional officers working at the jail, as well as counsellors, support staff and others, the spokesman said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 1, 2013