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Dauphin “devastated” over closure of jail

The Dauphin Correctional Centre is slated to close by the end of May, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said Friday.
The Dauphin Correctional Centre is slated to close by the end of May, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

The Manitoba government is closing what it says is the oldest correctional centre in the province.

It says the Dauphin Correctional Centre is expected to close by the end of May because the facility built in 1917 does not meet modern needs.

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It says there is sufficient capacity to move the inmates to six other adult correctional facilities due to a decline in the provincial inmate population.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says the goal is to provide other jobs for all staff at the jail if possible.

The City of Dauphin says it is a devastating move and the closure will result in the loss of at least 80 jobs.

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“As rural depopulation is a challenge that our communities continue to struggle with, this announcement only intensifies the issue,” a statement sent by the city said.

They also say the province did not consult or communicate with them prior to the announcement.

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