Lockdown and search at Dorchester Penitentiary

Correctional Service Canada says the medium-security unit at Dorchester Penitentiary was placed in lockdown yesterday.

In a press release this morning, the prison service says the lockdown was put in place around 8:30 a.m. to enable to staff to conduct an "exceptional search".

Correctional Service Canada says visits have been suspended until the search is complete. 

Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.