08/28/2013 04:50 EDT | Updated 10/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Ontario rolling out community advisory boards at more provincial jails

OTTAWA - The provincial government says it's expanding the use of community advisory boards at jails across Ontario.

Correctional Services already has boards of citizen monitors at the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay.

Community advisory boards are to be phased-in over two years at all new and existing facilities with more than 425 beds.

The phase-in is to begin this fall at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London, the Toronto South Detention Centre, and the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre.

Boards are to be established next year at the South West Detention Centre in Windsor, the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, and the Maplehurst Correctional Complex/Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.

The boards consist of volunteers from the local community who advise the facility's superintendent and contribute to an annual report to the correctional services minister.

The boards "will bring a local perspective to the table to provide advice to the ministry," said Madeleine Meilleur, minister of community safety and correctional services.