10/18/2012 10:38 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST

Alberta Prison Searches: Guards Scour Drumheller Institution, Bowden Institution To Ensure Inmate, Staff Safety

DRUMHELLER, Alta. - Visits have been suspended while staff undertake a search of a second Alberta prison in less than a week.

A lockdown is in place while guards go through the medium-security Drumheller Institution.

The Correctional Service of Canada says the search is being done to ensure the facility remains safe for staff and inmates.

The department says it also wants to prevent contraband from entering the prison.

A similar lockdown was ordered a few days ago at the Bowden Institution. (CHQR)