Construction of Iqaluit overflow jail on schedule

Nunavut Justice officials say the construction of the territory's newest jail facility in Iqaluit is on schedule.

Facility expected to be completed in 2014

The Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit. The new correctional facility, meant to ease overcrowding at the existing jail, is being built behind BCC and will have room for about 50 inmates. (Vincent Desrosiers/CBC)

Nunavut Justice officials say the construction of the territory's newest jail facility in Iqaluit is on schedule.

"We're very pleased at the progress of construction so far," said Chris Stewart, manager of capital and special projects for the Department of Justice.

"The construction completion estimate that's been provided to us by the contractor gives us a completion date as of the end of 2014."

The new correctional facility is being built behind the Baffin Correctional Centre. It will have room for about 50 inmates.

The goal is to help reduce overcrowding at the BCC.

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