Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

October 09, 2010 03:15 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Inmate Death and Lock Down at Saskatchewan Penitentiary- Medium Security Unit

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2010) - At approximately 8:15 p.m. October 8, 2010, the medium-security unit at Saskatchewan Penitentiary was placed on a general lockdown after a fight broke out involving approximately 30 inmates. 

Seven inmates required immediate medical attention and inmate Courtney Dallas COOK has died as a result of his injuries. No staff injuries have been reported. Police have been contacted and as in all cases where an individual dies while in custody, the coroner is called in to investigate. In addition, Correctional Service Canada will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Courtney Dallas COOK had been serving a two year, two month, 30 day sentence for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failing to comply with a probation order. His sentence commenced March 23, 2010. Next of kin have been notified.

Although the lock-down will affect the medium-security units of the penitentiary, the maximum-security units are scheduled to operate under modified routine. Saskatchewan Penitentiary will return to normal routine when institutional managers have determined that it is safe to do so. Visitors are advised to call the institution in advance of attending any visits.

Saskatchewan Penitentiary is a federal penitentiary located one kilometre west of Prince Albert, SK, and currently accommodates 503 medium-security inmates and 166 maximum-security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Kathy Neil
    A/Deputy Warden, Saskatchewan Penitentiary
    (306) 765-8003 - Office
    (306) 960-0257 - Cell phone