Criminal Law, restorative justice, civil settlement, death review, restorative inquiry
This report has been prepared by the process facilitation team made up of: Jennifer Llewellyn, Jake MacIsaac, Heather McNeil. The central parties to the process have reviewed the report for accuracy. The parties committed at the outset of the process to share the facts of what happened in this case and the justice process they undertook together to learn from what happened and to ensure that these lessons contribute to improving the lives of individuals and families in Nova Scotia. As such, this report does not make findings of fact or recommendations. It describes the situation, the parties involved, the restorative process in which they engaged, and the insights and outcomes that resulted. Background Jason “Libby” LeBlanc was the son of Ernie and Eileen LeBlanc of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton. At the time of his death, on the morning of January 31, 2016, Jason was 42 years old and was housed at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility (CBCF) on a parole violation. He was admitted to the institution less than 14 hours earlier. Correctional officers found Jason unresponsive during an overnight check. Despite their attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead by Emergency Health Services personnel at 2:45am. It was later determined that Jason died from a drug overdose, having consumed contraband that was not found on his person during the admission process. Cape Breton Regional Police, the Department of Justice Correctional Services Division, the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) each conducted investigations into what happened within their respective scopes of practice. Police determined upon review of the evidence they collected that it was not a criminal matter
Jennifer Llewellyn, Jacob MacIsaac & Heather McNeil, "Facilitators’ Report: A Restorative Review of the In-Custody Death of Jason LeBlanc" (February 2018) [unpublished].