Suspicious Inmate Deaths at Fayette County Jail
Two inmates have died at the Fayette County Jail after being found unresponsive in a holding cell. 37-year-old Chad Sizemore and 30-year-old Thomas Lohr were transported to a local hospital where they later died. A 26-year-old inmate, Weslee Jenkins, was also found unresponsive but is currently recovering at a local hospital.
Investigators say they believe the two men who passed away died after ingesting an illegal substance that was smuggled into the jail although exact cause for the deaths are under investigation by a team of detectives and crime scene investigators. Autopsy and toxicology results that would offer evidence could take several weeks to conclude.
Jail and Prison Mortality Rates
At this point there has been no allegation of wrongdoing, but there are far too many instances where prisoners’ lives are changed forever or they even die as a result of negligent medical care while incarcerated. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014, a total of 3,483 inmates died in state prisons, 444 in federal prisons and 1,053 in local jails. In relation, reports from the Indiana Department of Corrections say that the average for deaths in county jails each year is between eight and twelve and some would argue that most of those deaths could have been prevented with proper care and supervision. In state prisons, illness remains the most common cause of death, accounting for 87 percent of all deaths in 2014. Cancer and heart disease accounted for more than half of state prisoner deaths during the year. Because of the budget cuts and shorthanded staffing most jails in our state face, the inmates and their access to medical care often suffer as a result.
Keeping Jails and Prisons Accountable
While jails and prisons are intended to keep the general population safe by keeping criminals off the streets, they are also responsible for ensuring the individuals entrusted to their facilities are provided the appropriate care and protection.
Across the country, states and facilities have settled out of court for hundreds of thousands of dollars, precisely because they knew they were negligent under the law or that they had violated an inmate’s civil rights. Many family members of those involved in jail and prison death events have sought the assistance of Wagner Reese for help finding answers and justice regarding the death of their loved ones. Wagner Reese has handled numerous wrongful death and jail death cases in our years of service to Indiana citizens.
Restore Justice To Your Family
Wagner Reese civil rights attorney is the right choice to represent you in all prison negligence, wrongful death and other civil rights violation cases. We also understand that prisoners can be very vulnerable to those who care for them as they repay their debt to society, and we know all inmates have a constitutional right to appropriate medical care.
If you have lost a family member as a result of negligent medical care inside a prison, we can help you to ensure your family does not have to suffer financial burdens while you grieve and mourn your loved one. Talking to our experienced attorneys can be the beginning of finding justice for your family. Call our jail and prison death lawyers at (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation.