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Inmate Dies in Floyd County Jail

Jason Reese

23-year-old Hanna Robb failed to appear for her court date on misdemeanor charges, and she was booked into Floyd County Jail on March 25. 6 days later, she was found unresponsive in her cell when a corrections officer performed a routine check in the morning on March 31. Despite the attempts of jail staff to revive her and call an ambulance, Hanna Robb could not be revived.

The cause of death is under investigation. The jail video camera footage is being reviewed, and approximately 9 cellmates are being interviewed. Autopsy results are forthcoming, and we will be following this terrible tragedy as the investigation continues and results are released.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 1,000 inmates in local jails die while in custody. A significant portion of the inmates (40%) die after being held for 7 days or fewer, as did Hanna Robb. The death of a female inmate is much less common, with men being eight times more likely to die while in the custody of a local jail. That said, the bulk of inmate deaths are attributed to illnesses, such as heart disease or cancer, and the mortality rate for female inmates experiencing an illness are much higher than for male inmates.

Individuals being held at jails may be experiencing punishment for a wrongdoing, but they still have the right to be cared for inappropriate ways, including being provided access to appropriate and timely medical attention for illness, injury, or physical or mental state. Correctional facilities have a duty to their wards to ensure the safety of those in their charge and may certainly be guilty of wrongdoing or negligence in many prison death cases.

Wagner Reese has handled numerous wrongful death and jail death cases in our years of service to Indiana citizens. If your loved one has suffered injury or death in an Indiana jail, the wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering financial damages for the losses you have sustained. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.

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