Edmonton Institution

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Edmonton Institution
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 53°40′37″N 113°20′18″W / 53.67694°N 113.33833°W / 53.67694; -113.33833Coordinates: 53°40′37″N 113°20′18″W / 53.67694°N 113.33833°W / 53.67694; -113.33833
Status Operational
Security class Maximum
Capacity 228 [1]
Population ~299[2] (as of July 2013)
Opened 1978 (1978)
Managed by Correctional Services Canada[3]
Warden Kelly Hartle [4]
Street address 21611 Meridian Street
City Edmonton, Alberta
Postal code T5Y-6E7
Country Canada
Website Edmonton Institution Profile
Notable prisoners
Harvey Andres (1981 - ?)[5]
Omar Khadr (May 2013 – February 2014)[6]
Allan Legere (2015-present)[7]

The Edmonton Institution (French: Établissement d'Edmonton[8]) is a maximum security federal institution located in the northeastern part of Edmonton, Alberta. It is operated by Correctional Service of Canada. It is part of the Prairie Regions institutions, the Regional Headquarters is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan[9]


There have been 6 riots since the prison opened.[10]

  • January 24, 1986
A riot in the broke out in the yard after a fellow inmate was not released form solitary confinement. Fires were set and the Pharmacy was broken into, and several inmates overdosed. Lasted about five hours; no deaths were reported.[10]
  • August 31, 1998
After a stabbing, some inmates started fires, broke windows and attacked a guard. The prison was on lock-down for most of the day.[10]
  • November 13, 2001
A group of inmates started a riot in the gym, attacking and stabbing other inmates. They refused to return to the cells and began damaging the gym and set the bleachers on fire.[10]
  • August 27, 2003
A small riot broke out after an inmate attacked a guard and was moved to solitary confinement. It was limited to one unit, in the prison.[10]
  • February 10, 2004
Over $150,000 of damages were sustained after a inmate gained access to a unit unknowingly and began attacking a guard. The riot was contained to the single unit but 19 inmate with Shiv's and other hand made weapons destroying much of the furniture and windows in the unit.[10]
  • July 1, 2008
One of the largest and the longest riot took place, after two rival gangs attacked each other. It took nine hours to gain control of the inmates again. During this time eight inmates were stabbed with homemade weapons, and one was shot after refusing to drop his weapon and continuing to attack another inmate. No deaths were reported.[11]


There has been two successful escapes from the prison since it opened.[10] Both by the same inmate; Harvey Andres.

  • March 12, 1981
Harvey Andres escapes for the first time by fooling the guards with a dummy, and he was able to get into a garbage truck can and escaped when it was outside the facility.[3][10]
  • April 19, 1981
Andres was caught after being wounded during a shoot-out with Calgary and RCMP offices; A RCMP officer was also shot during the event.[3][5]
  • March 13, 1982
Harvey Andres escapes for the second time during a snowstorm. In total four inmates tried to escape, but Andres was the only one to make it. He managed to cut the fencing and getaway.[10] He had gotten a hold of a handgun and wire cutters form a maintenance that was working on the fence earlier. He smuggled in parts of the gun and ammo in with motorcycle gas tanks and was able to create an improvised firearm.[5][12]
  • July 6, 1982
Andres is caught again after a similar shootout in Saskatoon leaves him wounded. A Saskatoon police office was struck in the abdomen, and arm during the shoot-out.[3][5]

Notable Inmates[edit]

A former child soldier convicted of terrorism.[13] Was transferred to the Edmonton Institution from Millhaven Institution due to numerous death threats from other inmates.[14]
  • Harvey Andres
A former member of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle gang[3] twice convicted of first degree murder 1981, and 2001, five counts of rape and arson. As well over a dozen more charges. Escaped the Edmonton Institution twice.[5][10]
A Canadian serial killer and arsonist in New Brunswick.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Edmonton Institution - About the Institution". Correctional Service Canada. Govnment of Canada. July 30, 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  2. ^ North, Pamala (July 31, 2013). "Edmonton Institution problems skyrocketing with double bunking and younger inmates, guard union claims". Edmonton Sun. Postmedia. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Logan, Shawn (December 4, 2012). "Calgary killer's plea for jailhouse comfort sickening to victims' loved ones". Calgary Sun. Postmedia. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "In The Supreme Court Of Canada (On Appeal From The Alberta Court Of Appeal)" (PDF). The Lexum Collection. Supreme Court of Canada. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Escaped killer caught after shoot-out in Saskatoon." (Archived newspaper). Ottawa Citizen. July 7, 1982. p. 90. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Pratt, Sheila (December 13, 2013). "Khadr reclassified, likely to be transferred to Bowden". Edmonton Journal. O Canada. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2016.  line feed character in |title= at position 49 (help)
  7. ^ a b Roy-Comeau, Mathieu (13 February 2015). "Transfert d'Allan Legere: «Je tiens à rassurer les gens du Nouveau-Brunswick»" (in French). Acadie Nouvelle ltée. Acadie Nouvelle. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Établissement d'Edmonton." Correctional Service of Canada. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Regional Headquarters - Prairies". Correctional Service Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Edmonton Institution". Inside Prison. Archived from the original on June 20, 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Violent riot ends in shooting at Edmonton prison". Edmonton: Edmonton Jornal. O Canada. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016. The men were wielding homemade knives and eight of them were stabbed. One inmate was shot by a guard, said Correctional Services of Canada spokesman Rick Dhym. “Warning shots were fired,” “He refused to give up his weapon and stop attacking another inmate.” 
  12. ^ Christopher, Byron. "Dead Man Under a Pool Table/Mike Friedel – Corrections Officer". Byron Christopher. Wood Press. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Banks, Cynthia L.; William, Denis; Baker, James (October 30, 2015). Comparative, International, and Global Justice: Perspectives from Criminology and Criminal Justice. Sage Pubns. p. 592. ISBN 1483332381. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Shephard, Michelle (May 29, 2013). "Omar Khadr segregated from other inmates after death threats in Canadian prison". The Toronto Star. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

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