Justice Dept. Completes Review Of CB Jailhouse Death
The provincial Justice Department says it’s completed a review into the circumstances surrounding a man’s overdose death at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.
42 year-old Jason Marcel LeBlanc died in his cell on the morning of January 31st after being arrested for a parole violation the previous day.
LeBlanc’s father has suggested correctional centre staff didn’t do enough to prevent his son’s death, and the Canadian Press obtained a medical examiner’s report last week saying LeBlanc was seen on video with a bag of drugs in his cell.
The Justice Department says no drugs were found on LeBlanc when he was admitted.
However, the Department adds LeBlanc had hidden the drugs that he had on him at the time of his death, and staff were unable to detect the drugs because they’re not allowed to do invasive searches.
The Department says the review found some policies and procedures were not followed.
The Department goes on to say correctional services will conduct a review of how other jurisdictions deal with drug overdose risks, and consult with health-professionals to look at more possible intervention options.