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Inmate Deaths In Indiana County Jails

Steve Wagner

TheIndyChannel recently did an investigation regarding the recent number of inmate deaths that have occurred while incarcerated in an Indiana Department of Corrections facility. The death of Thomas Wyss, a Johnson County inmate, is at least the tenth death this year, following two others in Johnson County, one in Allen County, one in Bartholomew County, one in Cass County, one in Hamilton County, and three in Grant County.

Reports from the Indiana Department of Corrections state that the average for deaths in county jails each year is between eight and twelve. Surveillance videos of Kendra Shaw, a Grant County inmate, showed that she died of an asthma attack, something which could have been prevented with proper care and supervision.

Because of the budget cuts and shorthanded staffing most jails in our state face, the inmates often suffer as a result.

If you have lost a loved one due to negligence within the Department of Corrections, or if your loved one has suffered an injury while in jail, the jail and prison death attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with the recovery process. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation with us and find out more information about our services.


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