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Correctional Suicide

Tabatha Roman, 37, was cleared of charges in connection with a prisoner’s 2017 suicide
The study by First HELP and CNA Corporation identified more deaths by suicide between 2016 and 2022 than an FBI database; it emphasized the need for more accurate federal reporting
The court determines if liability falls to jail staff members in a recent case involving an inmate suicide
The report identifies several operational and managerial deficiencies that created unsafe conditions before and at the time of a number of the deaths
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The revised policy includes step-down procedures to ensure there is mitigated risk over a longer period of time before inmates are returned to general population
Riley County Police Department recognized Lt. Travis Freidline, officer Daniel Zoeller, officer José Flores and officer Tanner Bolton for life-saving actions
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It’s crucial that correctional staff can pinpoint potential triggers for suicidal behavior either during or following court proceedings
Staff Misconduct
Rebecca Hillman faces up to four years in prison after a jury convicted her of denying help to an inmate who hanged himself in a cell
Capt. Rebecca Hillman has pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide and offering a false instrument for lying on an incident report
The analysis also found inmate killings continued at high rates, with 30 homicides in 2022, the same number as in each of the previous two years
A deputy and two officers were killed and several others wounded in the deadliest single day for law enforcement in the state since 1923
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A Luzerne County Correctional Facility lieutenant says COs need more training on how to recognize inmates at risk
The state has sought to prevent the video from being released to the public, claiming the footage poses a security risk at the prison
During rounds of housing cells, deputies cut free an inmate with a sheet tied around his neck and the cell bars
“Assessment is not a one-time event, but a process that should be ongoing throughout the at-risk patient’s incarceration.”
“He needs competent mental healthcare. Surely the prison can find a place to put him where he is not a danger to himself or others,” the inmate’s attorney said
A state investigation found that jailers failed to check on Dean Stewart, 50, three times in the 24 hours leading up to his death
Since Jan. 1, nine inmates have died by suicide, with suspected staff shortages largely to blame
Staff Misconduct
Sgt. Deandre Adams violated policy in failing to adequately check on Chad Isaak, according to a termination letter
Purchase comes after a couple of deaths occurred at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility earlier this year
Witnessing death, suicide or suicide attempts also stresses the jail’s population of COs – a group already dealing with severe understaffing
An investigation found that he Chad Isaak had covered his cell window with cardboard and a CO failed to follow proper procedures in conducting required checks
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 68, was found unresponsive in a shower area at the Eric M. Taylor Center, a jail at the Rikers Island complex
Chad Isaak, 48, was serving life sentences for killing four people at a North Dakota business in what authorities say was one of the state’s most gruesome crimes
Prosecutors said the officers can be seen on surveillance video walking past Feliciano and taking no action for seven minutes and 51 seconds
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Soft cells and suicide smocks and medical monitoring cannot substitute for a caring, observant correctional officer
Ricky Dubose was sentenced to death after he was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of Sgts. Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue
The stress of prison work contributes to addiction, burnout and even suicide; however, correctional officer mental health often goes unaddressed