Death in Correctional Services Custody

Press Release

A 29-year-old man found unresponsive in his cell on Sept. 10 at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth died at the Dartmouth General Hospital today, Sept. 11.

"This man's family and loved ones have been in my thoughts since I received word of the incident," said Mark Furey, Minister of Justice. "I was saddened to hear of the tragic outcome and can assure you that the department will work with police and others as the investigation continues."

Staff immediately began emergency response procedures and contacted Emergency Health Services when the man was found unresponsive in his cell at about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. He was transported to hospital where he passed away this afternoon. The man's next of kin were present at the hospital.

Halifax Regional Police are investigating the death and the Justice Department will conduct an internal investigation. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.