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Discipline in death at local jail

Nine employees at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility have been disciplined in relation to an April suicide at the Burnside jail.

A provincial justice department spokeswoman told Metro she could not specify the reason for the disciplinary action, or the specifics of the reprimands.

“That’s confidential personnel matters,” said spokeswoman Sherri Aikenhead.

On April 17, Daniel Alexander Nowogorski, 31, was found dead in his cell just one day after his arrest for robbery.

On April 19, justice officials said foul play was not suspected.

Nowogorski’s mother told CBC the following day her son had hung himself.

The justice department, along with Halifax Regional Police, launched an investigation into the death. Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said yesterday their investigation turned up “nothing suspicious.”

According to Aikenhead, however, the justice department’s internal investigation identified “a series of performance issues,” which resulted in “some disciplinary action.”

“Certain things, performance issues, were identified that occurred over time,” said Aikenhead, adding the issues were “not completely” isolated to Nowogorski’s suicide. She refused to go into more detail.

Aikenhead also said she was not at liberty to state whether anyone lost their job as a result of the department’s investigation.

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