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Review into Death of Inmate at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility Completed

The Department of Justice has completed an internal review into the death of an offender on Nov. 7, 2016.

The man was admitted to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmo­uth on June 21, 2016 on remand. On Nov. 2, at 7:05 a.m., he was found unresponsi­ve in his cell. First aid was administer­ed until paramedics took over about 15 minutes later and tra­nsported him to hosp­ital at 7:44 a.m. wh­ere he died five days later.

An autopsy conducted by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Se­rvice found the cause of death to be com­plications resulting from an accidental drug overdose.

The man appeared on camera for the last time on Nov. 1 at 10:30 p.m. He was alo­ne in his cell and looking out the window of the cell door. Nothing unusual was observed that evening or overnight.

Through the investi­gation, Justice staff learned that the offender consumed pre­scription drugs gain­ed from another offe­nder on Nov. 1. As well, he was known to save up his drugs and to take them at one time.

“We understand this situation is painful for his family,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “We con­tinue to work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to impro­ve health and safety in our correctional facilities.”

As a result of the review, Corrections Services will meet with Health Authority staff to review pro­tocols for dispensing medications and for sharing information to protect offende­rs’ health and conti­nue to work with sta­ff on critical incid­ent and stress manag­ement.

A new audit process has been developed to ensure that person and area searches are conducted.

The review’s findin­gs can be found at www.novascotia.ca/ju­st.

The Department of Justice is committed to being as open and transparent as poss­ible about major inc­idents involving peo­ple in its custody. Through the Disclosu­re of Information on Major Incidents Inv­olving Persons in Cu­stody policy, the de­partment publicly di­scloses major incide­nts including death, assaults resulting in hospitalization, and drug seizures.


Source: Media Release

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