IN­MATE FOUND DEAD

Fourth per­son in three months dies at Ed­mon­ton Re­mand Cen­tre

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - JURIS GRANEY — WITH FILES FROM PAIGE PARSONS

ED­MON­TON — A 26-year-old man died Fri­day at the Ed­mon­ton Re­mand Cen­tre, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of deaths at the jail this year to four.

Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Ser­vice con­firmed Fri­day they were dis­patched to the fa­cil­ity in the north of the city around 8 a.m. for a report of a sud­den death of the man who was found un­re­spon­sive in his cell.

Cor­rec­tional cen­tre staff and Al­berta Health Ser­vices mem­bers “re­sponded im­me­di­ately with Nar­can and ep­i­neph­rine ad­min­is­tered to him with­out re­sult,” Al­berta Jus­tice spokes­woman Louise McEach­ern said in an email.

“As part of pro­to­col, the in­mate’s unit was closed for in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” McEach­ern said.

“The cause of death re­mains un­known and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to spec­u­late the cause at this time.”

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate and the med­i­cal ex­am­iner has pos­ses­sion of the body, city po­lice spokes­woman Cheryl Vo­or­den­hout said in an email.

McEach­ern said that, as with all deaths in cus­tody, an in­ter­nal re­view is un­der­way.

In-cus­tody deaths have spiked this year with more in­mates dy­ing in Al­berta jails in the first half of 2018 than in all of 2017, num­bers pre­vi­ously re­leased by the prov­ince show. The four re­cent deaths at the Ed­mon­ton Re­mand Cen­tre bring the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple who have died in pro­vin­cial jails so far this year to eight.

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