Inmate Found Dead In His Cell At Kent...

Inmate Found Dead In His Cell At Kent County Jail

There are 27 comments on the WXMI-TV Grand Rapids story from Aug 1, 2010, titled Inmate Found Dead In His Cell At Kent County Jail. In it, WXMI-TV Grand Rapids reports that:

The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a jail inmate Saturday afternoon.

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Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Aug 3, 2010
Steelie wrote:
Good Day,
Again? Isn't this the second or third event such as this in as many years there? I am not pointing the finger per se, but this seems odd to me.
Steelie
Given the number of inmates that pass through there in a year and the demographics of that type of population, I think they're doing pretty good to keep it to one a year.

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#22 Aug 3, 2010
Good Day,

No arguement that those who abuse their body are certainly at a higher risk. Which seems to beg the question that if this is the case, then they should pay even more attention to the health of their inmates, shouldn't they?

Steelie

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#23 Aug 3, 2010
sue wrote:
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You sound as though you led a sheltered life, not that that's a bad thing, but it doesn't give you a basis for understanding. Do you think that people in jail are going to 'work with' the estabilishment? The jail does have an infirmary, it does have medical staff, and inmates are indeed provided with their prescription medication.
The problems come into the picture when you have an inmate who is an illegal drug abuser - quite a common theme by the way - do you think they will be honest with the jail staff about their illegal drug usage? Do you really believe that they will tell the nurse that they have a baggie of meth shoved up their rectum?
On the other side of the coin is the people who play sick to get out of 'normal' confinement. They would prefer to serve thier sentence in the infimary or the hospital than in regular jail. Who wouldn't?
So how to spot the truly ill from those playing games? How do you figure out which drug abuser is lying when they say they haven't used in months? Which crystal ball did you want the police to use to know who is going to drop dead at any moment? Instead of being angry at the police, maybe look at the adults who aren't taking responsibility for themselves, their own actions and behaviors.
You at least don't seem to have the 'I hate police no matter what' attitude. I don't know about jail tours, but I do know that you can request a civilian ride along with the police. It gives you the opportunity to see how an arrest goes down, what questions people are asked when being lodged in jail, and most likely you will get a chance to see someone refuse to answer any questions, even medical questions that could save their life. At that point, whose responsibility is it really?
Good Day,

First off, yes, I do absolutely support our law enforcement officers. There may be a few bad apples out there, but the vast, vast majority are frankly "civilian heros".

The "gamers"... To be sure there will be those who will lie or "act" so as to get something otherwise should not. Have not used in a month, prove it and pee in a cup. As medical professionals one would think they would be able to identify physical manifestations or evidence of use. Track marks, "meth face", and so on. While as someone mentioned earlier the possibility of a heart attck, but if perhaps when an inmate is being booked or processed, they should go through a full physical. Maybe they might have picked up on the possibility this idividual may have had heart disease and taken steps to try and prevent this result. Furthermore, IMHO, I think a full physical is not just important for the individual inmate, but the population as a whole and the deputies opperating the jail. Protection from drug abuse related diseases, HIV, STDs, TB, and so on. Just my humble opinion...

Steelie
say what

Grand Rapids, MI

#24 Aug 3, 2010
Steelie wrote:
Good Day,
No arguement that those who abuse their body are certainly at a higher risk. Which seems to beg the question that if this is the case, then they should pay even more attention to the health of their inmates, shouldn't they?
Steelie
With a death rate of only 1 a year, what makes you think they don't? As I said before, given the number of inmates that pass through the Kent County jail and the demographics of that particular population, I'd say they're doing pretty well keeping it to only 1 a year. No amount of preventive care or screening can prevent every death, Steelie.

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#25 Aug 3, 2010
say what wrote:
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With a death rate of only 1 a year, what makes you think they don't? As I said before, given the number of inmates that pass through the Kent County jail and the demographics of that particular population, I'd say they're doing pretty well keeping it to only 1 a year. No amount of preventive care or screening can prevent every death, Steelie.
Good Day,

Oh, I understand the demographics. But I find it curious, and I might be wrong, but I don't hear of this many cases from other "local" county jails in the news. Certainly we (Kent County) are of a higher population density, but even so, I simply find it odd. I could be chasing a red herring, but something just does not smell right to me. And I have heard stories of which I can not confirm the veracity, but the sources are generally reliable...

Steelie
Sister Sledge

Grand Rapids, MI

#26 Aug 3, 2010
Steelie wrote:
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but if perhaps when an inmate is being booked or processed, they should go through a full physical.
and when there are 50+ waiting to be booked, which inmate should get their "physical" first?...here's an idea that might just solve the whole damn mess:

Go Blue

Lake Worth, FL

#27 Aug 4, 2010
Nauseating wrote:
THE POINT IS THIS: how many inmates have died in custody DUE TO THEIR OWN STUPIDITY???...most likely, with this guy's rap sheet, the guy in this case shoved a baggie full of crack up his a$$(no pun intended), it leaked, and he overdosed...
'nuff said
Damn straight...he was charged with selling drugs on school grounds....wish they could have just given those guys some rope......less crime, less paperwork, less financial strain on the taxpayers.....

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