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Designing for Canadian Prisons

Orsainville Detention Centre, where a helicopter landed and picked up three inmates on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Francis Vachon/Canadian Press

 Are Canadian Prisons Vulnerable to Helicopter Escapes?

Parkin Principal Robert Boraks was recently interviewed by Radio Canada International (RCI) on Canadian prison design requirements to safe guard against events like last weekend’s helicopter prison escape.

“In Canada we don’t really design for explosions either. I know, having worked overseas designing prisons overseas, those were considerations—explosions, rocket-propelled grenade attacks, helicopter extractions. So, architects do take these things into account but that’s something that typically has not occurred in Canada. We don’t necessarily design for every potential situation.” 

Listen to full interview with RCI.




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