Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

February 27, 2011 04:32 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Inmate Death and Lockdown at Edmonton Institution

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2011) - At approximately 2110 hours on February 26, 2011, Edmonton Institution was placed on a general lockdown following the suspicious death of an inmate. The name of the inmate will not be released until next of kin are notified. Edmonton City Police have been contacted and are currently on the scene investigating the incident. 

The lockdown will remain in place until institutional management determines it is safe to resume normal operations. All visits for inmates have been cancelled until further notice.

As in all cases where an individual dies in custody, the coroner's office has been notified. The Correctional Service of Canada will also conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Edmonton Institution is a maximum security federal penitentiary currently accommodating 279 inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Rick Dyhm
    Project Officer
    Edmonton Institution
    Work (780) 472-4914
    Cell (780) 660-1170