Built to hold 68 minimum-security prisoners. Holds an average of 82 prisoners with a peak of 115. They include minimum-, medium- and maximum-security inmates as well as prisoners awaiting trial.
Pervasive mould, holes in walls, fire-code violations, serious wear and tear on facilities.
Operational and security concerns first identified by Office of the Correctional Investigator in 1996. Further reports followed in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012.
Violent encounters tripled between 2002 and 2012 to 185. The prison averages about eight contraband incidents a month.
Federal auditor general Michael Ferguson found none of 24 prisoners looked at had a plan for rehabilitation; 33 per cent of inmates with mental-health issues had access to help; five per cent of inmates had release plan.
$900,000 in renovations to remove mould, repaint, patch walls, fix sprinklers. Auditor general says bringing prison to modern standards would cost $8.8 million. 48-bed minimum-security prison adjacent to BCC will help in short term. Ferguson says Nunavut will be short 70 prison beds by 2026 and still has no plan for maximum-security facility.