Toronto West Detention Centre

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Toronto West Detention Centre
TWDC Prison in Toronto.png
Location 111 Disco Rd,
Toronto, Ontario
Status Closed
Security class Maximum
Capacity 631
Opened 1976
Closed December 2014 Demolished December 2016
Managed by Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The Toronto West Detention Centre was a maximum security remand facility located in Rexdale, a community located in the north-west corner of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The facility was known as the Metropolitan Toronto West Detention Centre until Rexdale, as part of the City of Etobicoke, became part of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto in 1998.

With a designed capacity for 631 prisoners,[1] the Toronto West Detention Centre housed adult males who had been remanded into custody while awaiting trial or sentencing, were serving short sentences, or were awaiting transfer to federal or provincial correctional facilities.[2] Over the years the Toronto West Detention Centre had at times also housed female and juvenile offenders. From October 1997 through January 1999 the facility underwent extensive retrofitting of its security systems using up-to-date technology.[3] The facility has also housed foreign nationals being detained on security certificates.

In January 2014 the Toronto South Detention Centre opened to replace the Toronto West Detention Centre and the Toronto Jail (Don Jail). The Toronto Jail was demolished and is now a vacant site situated beside the new hospital facility.

Demolition of the Toronto West Detention Centre commenced in December 2016 with a projected finish of February 2017. The 111 Disco road site is slated to become the home of the new Toronto Young Offender Facility.

Notable prisoners[edit]

The entrance to TWDC


See also[edit]

List of correctional facilities in Ontario

References[edit]

Coordinates: 43°41′58″N 79°35′53″W / 43.699408°N 79.597959°W / 43.699408; -79.597959