Prisoner’s suicide prompts calls for changes by Corrections Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A coroner’s jury has made four recommendations after examining the circumstances leading to the suicide of an inmate at a Fraser Valley prison.

Darcy Bertrand died two days after he hanged himself at the Mission Institution in August of 2012.

The 46-year old was in custody for killing his estranged wife and her parents in Coquitlam 16 years earlier.

An inquest in Burnaby has ended with jurors asking Corrections Canada to provide better psychological care for prisoners and developing a national strategy to address bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Although no recommendations are binding, other suggestions include mandatory suicide prevention training for staff, changes ensuring prisoners don’t have access to ‘lethal tools’ and removing so-called ‘hanging points’ from cells.

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