Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Inmate dies by suicide in El Paso County jail

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 1:10 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
A male inmate in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center was found attempting to kill himself by hanging on Nov. 12 and, despite efforts to resuscitate him, the inmate was pronounced dead, Sheriff Bill Elder's office said in a release.

It's the third suicide in the jail since July 2009 and the second this year.

The Sheriff's Office's account:
On Tuesday November 12, 2019, at approximately 1:42 AM, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail.

A male inmate was found in his cell attempting suicide by hanging. When additional deputies responded to the ward, the inmate was not breathing and had no pulse. The deputies initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the automated external defibrillator (AED) with the assistance of responding El Paso County Jail medical staff and American Medical Response personnel.

After approximately 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts which incorporated CPR and defibrillation, the male's vital signs failed to return, and he was pronounced dead.
The office didn't identify the inmate, give his age, say why he was being held or reveal which ward he was housed in. The jail has a designated ward for inmates with mental issues, including those who are at risk of completing suicide.

A news release said the investigation is continuing and no further information would be released at this time.

On June 4, a female inmate was found in the jail trying to kill  herself by hanging. She was discovered without a pulse and, after deputies used CPR and a defibrillator with medical staff's help, was taken to a hospital where she died on June 9, the Sheriff's Office previously said in a release.

The jail has come under fire for a range of issues from bad food, which spurred a riot, to its inability to deal with an inmate's medical condition which led to his death. The jail also has seen violence against deputies more than a few times.

It's unclear what, if any, consequence the office will suffer from accrediting agencies. The facility faced accreditation issues in the past regarding its medical contractor. The contractor has given notice it won't continue providing services at the jail beyond the end of this year.

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