Regional Reception Centre
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|Security class||Super Maximum|
|Population||90 (as of 2008)|
|Managed by||Corrections Canada|
The Regional Reception Centre (French: Centre régional de réception) is a Canadian federal prison for men co-located Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Institution (maximum security) and the Regional Reception Centre, at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) complex at Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec (a short distance from Mirabel International Airport).
The Special Handling Unit (SHU; French: Unité spéciale de détention or USD), within the centre, is Canada's highest security (super-maximum) prison. As of 2008, there were 90 prisoners at the SHU. In English it is nicknamed "the SHU" (pronounced 'shoe'), and in French it is the "USD".
The 6 wing radial shaped facility is surrounded by three rows of fencing which is in turn surrounded by farms.
Inmates are always handcuffed in the presence of officers. When escorting inmates, officers are unarmed to prevent inadvertently placing a weapon in the vicinity of the prisoner. Escorting officers do carry pepper spray. Weapons and other equipment are carried by officers manning the elevated catwalk. Inmates must progress through programs in the SHU before being transferred back to the general population of other maximum security prisons; however, some inmates are considered to be too high-risk to be eligible for this and are detained in the SHU for longer periods.
Notable inmates of the Special Handling Unit
- Shareef Abdelhaleem - conspirator of the 2006 Ontario terrorism plot
- Maurice Boucher (murder, 2002–present)
- Allan Legere (serial killer,1991-2015; transferred to Edmonton Institution) 
- Guy Paul Morin (murder, 1992-1995; exonerated and released)
- Clifford Olson (serial killer, 1982-2011; died of cancer September 30, 2011)
- Ali Dirie (terrorism, 2009-2011); died in Syrian civil war
- Karla Homolka (serial killer, imprisoned 1993-2005, released after 12-year sentence) - She was held at the Regional Reception Centre since March 2001 after being transferred from the Joliette Institution for Women - In 2003 she was scheduled to be moved into a maximum security wing at Joliette
- ADX Florence, an equivalent prison for men run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in the United States
- Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a BOP prison which includes a unit housing women who have the highest security classifications
- Supermax prison, for an international overview of supermax prisons
- "Regional Reception Centre." Correctional Service of Canada. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
- "Correctional Service of Canada - Publications - Let's Talk". Csc-scc.gc.ca. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- "Centre régional de réception." Correctional Service of Canada. Retrieved on August 6, 2016. See English version
- Amellal, D. The Special Handling Unit: High Security, Special Expertise, Safety and Security - Inside CSC Institutions. Let's Talk, Correctional Service of Canada. Retrieved on: 2011-09-04.
- "Institutional Profiles". Csc-scc.gc.ca. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- Freeze, Colin. "Canada's imprisoned bomb-plotters say their isolation does not fit the crime ." The Globe and Mail. Wednesday August 31, 2011. Updated Thursday September 6, 2012. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
- Hells Angel Walter Stadnick back on the streets. The Toronto Star. Retrieved on: 2015-07-17.
- "Homolka will return to Joliette prison." National Post. May 24, 2003. Retrieved on August 6, 2016. "Homolka, who has been at tie [sic] regional reception centre in the Ste. Anne des Plaines federal prison complex since March, 2001,[...]"
- "Bienvenue à l’USD, le pénitencier des pires criminels au pays." The Journal de Montreal. Thursday 17 March 2016.
- Corrections Canada profile
- Corrections Canada profile (French)
- Justice Behind the Walls (about SHU)
- The Future of Special Handling Units
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