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Eight inmates have died at Central East Correctional Centre in less than two years

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha 411 News has learned that eight inmates have died at the Lindsay superjail in less than two years.

According to numbers obtained from the Ministry of the Solicitor General there were five deaths at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in 2018 and three so far this year.  That’s up sharply from 2017 when there were no deaths.

Of those eight deaths, at least 6 have been determined to be non-natural and are being investigated by police according to Kawartha Lakes Police Chief, Mark Mitchell.

“The other investigations are in the pre-inquest stage. Three deaths from 2018 and three from 2019.”  Mitchell says.

If a death occurs involving a provincial inmate, a number of investigations take place. The Office of the Chief Coroner conducts a death investigation to determine the cause and manner of death. If the coroner’s investigation determines that a death was not a result of natural causes, a mandatory inquest would be called to examine the circumstances. The ministry conducts a mandatory internal investigation to determine whether all ministry policies and procedures were followed with respect to the care and custody of the deceased.

It’s unclear at this point what the cause of death was in those six cases. The Coroner says that information is confidential until the inquest is formally “called”.  These cases are currently in the pre-inquest stage. However, Dr. Paul Dungey, Regional Supervising Coroner for East Region, Kingston Office, told Kawartha 411 News that the opioid crisis has hit the prison population just as hard as the general public.

“If you are looking at it from a large perspective probably not a lot of natural deaths happen at CECC versus federal custody where there’s a lot of older prisoners who have the same natural illnesses as the general population.” Dungey explained.  “The same thing that’s happening in prison is happening out. The opioid crisis is happening inside the prison just like it’s happening outside the prison. The number of people who are dying in the general population because of opioids is increasing so it’s also increasing inside the prison.”

Outside the prison, Kawartha Lakes Police say in 2018 they investigated 47 overdose or suspected overdose calls with three resulting in death. So far in 2019 there has been two deaths. This does not capture any deaths where person has overdosed at home and later dies in hospital.

From January 2018 to June 2018, 11 people died (confirmed and probable)of an opioid overdose in the City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton/Northumberland cachement area. (The most recent numbers available)That’s up sharply from only 2 deaths in the first six months of 2017 and more than the entire year.

“The presence of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues in the illicit drug supply has been increasing, and this has been attributed to an increase in unintentional overdoses and deaths. And this poisoning crisis shows no signs of slowing down.” Megan Deyman, Coordinator – Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland Drug Strategy told Kawartha 411 News.

Read the full story here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/09/06/opioid-overdoses-continue-to-rise-locally/

In January the CBC news reported more inmates overdosed and died inside the Barton Street jail in Hamilton than at any other provincial corrections institute in Ontario over the last several years.

According to the report statistics obtained from the Office of the Chief Coroner showed that 11 people died from drug overdoses at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre between 2010 and 2017, which was reportedly almost triple the number of the next closest facility at the time.

Now the CECC has 8 deaths in less than two years although we don’t yet know how many of those were overdoses.

A coroners inquest has already been “called” into the death of two other inmates at CECC. One in 2015 and one in 2016. 30 year old Soleiman Faqiri died on Dec. 15, 2016 at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay. Abdurahman Hassan, 39, died on June 11, 2015, at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre following a transfer from the Central East Correction Facility.

An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act in both cases. The inquest will examine the events surrounding the deaths.  The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.




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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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