Justice and Public Safety
October 16, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety:

Minister Parsons Thanks Retiring Superintendent Owen Brophy

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to recognize the career and contributions of retiring Superintendent of Prisons, Owen Brophy. With more than 35 years of experience working in corrections in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. Brophy has had a tremendous impact on the justice system in this province.

Mr. Brophy began his career in adult corrections in 1981 and since then has worked in a number of capacities. In 2014, he was appointed as Superintendent of Prisons for Newfoundland and Labrador, which made him responsible for all adult custody facilities in the province. Mr. Brophy contributed expertise in the areas of offender risk management, conflict resolution, and the provision and delivery of varied programs and initiatives including employment equity.

Mr. Brophy has shown extraordinary leadership in his role as Superintendent of Prisons and has worked hard to maintain the safety and wellbeing of inmates and staff within adult corrections in this province.

Mr. Speaker, recently we announced a new policy on disciplinary segregation. This would not have been possible without Mr. Brophy's dedicated work and his commitment to collaborate with community partners. Under his leadership, this province has been able to change the way it deals with adult corrections and focus more on rehabilitation. He has created a framework for us to continue to work with and I cannot thank him enough for his incredible contributions to the justice system in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable members to join me in thanking Superintendent Owen Brophy for his many years of service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. While we are sad to see him go, we wish him all the best for a long, happy and healthy retirement. Thank you.

2017 10 16                              1:55 p.m.