Death of an inmate from Matsqui Institution

News release

October 18, 2019 – Abbotsford, British Columbia– Correctional Service Canada

On, October 16, 2019, James Tyrone Godfrey, an inmate from Matsqui Institution died while in our custody of apparent natural causes following an illness. He passed away in the intensive care unit at a local hospital.

At the time of his death, Mr. Godfrey, 59 years old, had been serving an indeterminate sentence for second degree murder since April 21, 1980.

The inmate’s next of kin have been notified of his death.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances and have advised the police and coroner.

Associated links

CSC website

Commissioner’s Directive: Death of an Inmate

Deaths in custody

Matsqui Institution



Gordon Tanner
Assistant Warden Management Services
Matsqui Institution

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