Inmate dies at Stan Daniels Healing Centre, facility had COVID-19 outbreak

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No inmates currently have COVID-19. Reached at home Thursday evening Orr did not have the number of total cases in inmates or staff on hand, but said they asked Alberta Health Services (AHS) to lift the facility’s outbreak status.

All inmate deaths are reviewed by CSC. City police and the coroner’s office have also been notified.

CSC spokeswoman Kelly Dae Dash said they take the deaths of inmates seriously.

“The loss of a life is a tragedy at any time. As in all cases where an individual dies while in custody, the police and coroner are called in to investigate. We review the circumstances surrounding these incidents to determine if practices need improvement and to prevent reoccurrences,” she said.

Dash did not provide the total number of COVID-19 cases in inmates when requested. She said staff at the facility do not report to CSC so they do not have the number of staff COVID-19 cases.

Wolfleg began his sentence June 14, 2018, for two counts of robbery, obstructing a public or peace officer, three counts of failure to comply with conditions of undertaking or recognizance, and uttering a threat to cause death or harm.

The centre, operated by Native Counselling Services of Alberta, is a 72-bed minimum security facility and healing lodge. It houses Indigenous inmates on conditional release and who are serving federal sentences.

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