SHEDIAC (GNB) – The new Southeast Regional Correctional Centre was officially commissioned today.

The building, constructed at a cost of $36.4 million, will house 180 adult offenders, and will employ 107 staff, including 80 correctional officers.

"We are pleased to open this new correctional centre, which will increase our overall inmate capacity and provide greater security and improved working conditions for our staff," Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors said. "I am proud of the work that has gone into this project. It is intended to serve New Brunswickers for the next 75 years."

The facility includes admitting and discharge areas; medical service areas; program rooms, segregation, and secure visitation areas. It will replace the Moncton Detention Centre, which will close soon.

"It is a big improvement over our existing facility, and it is an important step in renewing and re-organizing our correctional system," Trevors said. "We will now be able to make the most efficient use of the facilities we have."

The building was also designed using Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) standards. It is designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize water use.

This is the second phase of correctional improvements in the province, as the Dalhousie Regional Correctional Centre was commissioned in November 2011. With the opening of the Southeast facility, the province's inmate capacity expands from 346 to about 550.