Nova Scotia

Inmate dies in Cape Breton Correctional Facility

The Department of Corrections has released little information about a man who was found dead in his cell early Sunday morning and the Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating.

Cape Breton Regional Police and Department of Corrections are looking into circumstances of death

A man was found dead in his jail cell at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility early Sunday morning. 

Staff called emergency health services and tried to resuscitate the inmate when he was found unconscious. He was pronounced dead a short while later at 2:45 a.m.

The Department of Corrections is not releasing the man's name or age. They say his next of kin has been notified. 

Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating the man's death and the medical examiner is trying to determine what happened.

In a statement, Justice Minister Diana Whalen says her department is also looking into the incident. 

"This is tragic news. My thoughts are with the family during this extremely difficult time," she said in the news release. 

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