Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

March 20, 2011 17:02 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Correctional Service of Canada: Death of Patient/Inmate at the Regional Psychiatric Centre

REGIONAL PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE, SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 20, 2011) - A correction from source is being issued with respects to the news release issued today at 4:19 pm ET. The date of the incident was listed incorrectly. The corrected version follows.

At approximately 3:06 a.m. on March 20, 2011, an offender at the Regional Psychiatric Centre was found not breathing and unresponsive in his room following a lengthy illness. RPC health care professionals pronounced the patient dead.

The deceased is 68-year-old John Alexander LAZERMAN, who was serving a six year sentence for Offences under the Provincial Statutes of Alberta. His sentence had commenced on December 23, 2009. Next of kin have been notified. 

The police and coroner were notified, as is the case when an offender dies while in custody. The death may be the subject of a coroner's inquest as is common with any death of a person in custody.

The Regional Psychiatric Centre is a multi-level psychiatric hospital located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and operated by the Correctional Service of Canada through an affiliation agreement between Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. The Centre provides assessment, intensive programming, treatment for mental disorders, and 24-hour medical care to individuals from the federal and provincial justice systems. There are currently 193 patients receiving assessment and/or treatment at the Centre.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Karl Bayer
    A/Assistant Warden Management Services
    (306) 975-5400, extension 4681