The Question of Liability in Inmate Suicides
Canadian law involving statements of claim from inmate suicides is rather scarce. Nevertheless, the author believes that the Correctional Service of Canada’s duty includes that custodians of an inmate must take all reasonable steps to avoid acts or omissions which, when reasonably foreseen, would be likely to harm the inmate. Failure to provide the required standard of care may result in a liability suit. Staff training in suicide prevention is a necessity to meet this standard of care.