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Super Bowl to be watched by inmates as guards make OT

01/30/2015 01:39 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Correctional officers at the Southwest Detention Centre in Windsor, Ont., will be paid overtime to supervise inmates who watch Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday.

Kickoff between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots is 6:30 p.m., after the inmates' normal lockup time.

"A small number of staff at the Southwest Detention Centre have agreed to work an additional hour during the event to allow the inmates to watch the game in its entirety, provided they follow the institutional rules and are well behaved this week," Brent Ross, a spokesman for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said in an email to CBC.

The Southwest Detention Centre is a state-of-the-art, 315-bed maximum-security facility.

Allowing the inmates to watch the game is one way the ministry is working to provide an environment that focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration, Ross said.

"The minor cost associated with the extra work is inconsequential compared to the potential benefits of continued positive inmate behaviour," Ross wrote.

Ross said the ministry oversees 26 institutions, and he was not sure if any others were making similar Super Bowl plans.

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