Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

June 22, 2008 22:54 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Death at the Regional Psychiatric Centre

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 22, 2008) - At approximately 5:30 p.m. on June 22, 2008, 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 was 58 years old.

He was serving an indeterminate sentence for Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter. His sentence commenced on May 27th, 1988. The deceased patient's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

He had been receiving medical treatment and care from the staff at the Regional Psychiatric Centre since June 19, 2008. As is the case whenever an offender dies while in custody, the police and coroner were notified and they attended the Centre.

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 171 patients receiving assessment and/or treatment at the Centre.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Wanita Koczka
    (306) 975-4166