Authorities say everything is under control at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary after a riot on Wednesday where inmate Jason Leonard Bird was killed.
But according to a spokesperson for the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, there is still much to do and a lot of healing ahead.
James Bloomfield, says the facility is mostly uninhabitable right now, which would normally house about 185 inmates.
Beds and heating registers were ripped out and windows were smashed.
But Bloomfield says room will be found elsewhere for the inmates and it’s likely some will be transferred to other facilities.
He says there will be emotional ripples through the inmate population as well as the Corrections officers and penitentiary staff.
Corrections spokesman Jeff Campbell says prisoners in the medium-security unit set up barricades and lit fires on Wednesday afternoon.
The dead inmate, was 43 and had been serving a sentence of two years and seven months since February for break and enter and theft convictions.
Campbell says corrections officers fired their guns in an effort to get a situation under control
Bloomfield believes the officers and staff did a good job handling the riot and although there was a life lost (when Bird was attacked by other inmates), several other lives were saved.
He says the officers will have access to a critical assistance management team and there is also an employee assistance program.
Authorities say a full review is underway and police are investigating after the riot – eight inmates were also injured.
(with files from CJWW)