Wednesday, May 30, 2018

El Paso County jail death raises questions

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 12:07 PM

click to enlarge Criminal Justice Center - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Criminal Justice Center
In this week's edition, May 30, we break a story about the death of a 40-year-old man in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center last September.

The 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office wrote a report on the death based on an investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

It appears deputies and medical staff in the jail failed to recognize a condition experienced by the inmate, Eliezer Tirado-Ortiz.

After the Independent went to press, we learned that no deputies were disciplined due to the incident, because, as reported by the sheriff's media relations manager Jackie Kirby via email, "It was determined there were no policy violations."

The Sheriff's Office, though, wrote a "notice of concern" to the jail contractor, Amor Correctional Health Services, Inc., last fall citing the incident and saying certain medical staff performed "below required standards." The Sept. 7 incident involving Ortiz wasn't the only incident.

Read that notice here:
Also, it's worth noting that Armor did not hire nurse Montie Baxley, the topic of the notice of concern, but rather she was "inherited" from the prior contractor, according to an Armor spokesperson.

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