Inquest Called into Inmate's Death

TORONTO - August 16, 2007 - After months of stonewalling the bereaved family of addicted inmate Keigo White, the Ontario government has reversed its position and agreed to hold an inquest into his death.  The announcement is contained in a news release issued today by the Office of the Chief Coroner.

Mr. White is alleged to have hung himself in Toronto's notorious Don Jail after being denied access to the medication methadone prescribed to treat his heroin addiction.  While inquests into inmate deaths are mandatory, the regional supervising coroner Dr. Albert Lauwers and Ontario's Chief Coroner, Dr. Barry McLellan had refused to order an inquest on the basis that Mr. White's actually died in hospital.  The reversal followed submissions made by the lawyer for Mr. White's family, Barry Swadron, to the Minister of Community Safety and Corrections, Monte Kwinter.  Mr. White never regained consciousness following the incident in the jail.

Please click this link to read Isabelle Teotonio's June 25, 2007 article in the Toronto Star.