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Logansport Inmate Dies After Suicide Attempt

Steve Wagner

An inmate at the Cass County Jail in Logansport, Indiana, was pronounced dead on Tuesday after he made a suicide attempt in his cell on Monday morning. Reports say 42-year-old Joseph Leazenby used an item of clothing. He injured himself badly enough that he was immediately transported to the hospital, where he later died. He had been jailed on charges of drug possession. It is unknown at this time whether Leazenby was on a suicide watch.

The suicide rate for jailed individuals is several times that of the general population. Whether due to mental illness, withdrawal from alcohol or drugs, or simply the stress of incarceration, suicide is a foreseeable event in county jails. Because of this, all jails have policies which address how to identify and safeguard those at risk for suicide. Preventative measures include close monitoring by 15-minute checks, video surveillance, special padded detention cells, and removal of normal bed sheets and other items which can be used to harm oneself. Jail policies also mandate that at-risk detainees be evaluated by a mental health professional.

Unfortunately, many jail personnel are poorly trained or simply don’t care, and as a result many people die unnecessarily in Indiana jails each year due to preventable suicides.

Attorney Stephen Wagner is an experienced jail death attorney. Mr. Wagner began his career working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and he understands how jails and prisons work. Over the last twenty years, Mr. Wagner has successfully handled numerous wrongful death cases against jails and prisons all across the state of Indiana.

If you have questions about the treatment a loved one received while in jail or prison, contact the jail death attorneys at Wagner Reese today for a free consultation. Attorney referrals are also welcome if you have a client needing assistance in this complex area of the law.


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