Inmate Found Dead in the Clark County WA Jail

A 42-year-old man hanged himself in the Clark County Jail on Sunday morning,said sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss.

The man’s name was not released.

Deputies and detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating the incident that happened shortly before noon.

A press release said custody officers were serving lunches when they noticed an inmate from one of the “pods” was missing.

“Another inmate was asked to check the shared shower area and the victim was found hanging in a shower stall,” the news release said.


Indiana Jail’s Medical Co-Pay Requirement Questioned

VALPARAISO,INDIANA. – Porter County Public Defender Peter Boyles is questioning a decision by the Porter County Jail staff to take money from an indigent client to help pay for his medications.

The money was taken from a personal fund each inmate is entitled to hold to pay for toiletries,clothing,stationary products and food beyond the regular meals they are served.

“It doesn’t seem fair at first glance,” Boyles said.

Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain said a $15 co-pay is collected for each medical service to discourage needless visits and a burden on the limited resources.


Delaware County OK Tax Increase Begins as Jail Investigation Continues

As Delaware County residents have begun ponying up more in sales tax this week,an OSBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing by staff at the county jail continues.

The 17-year,half-cent sales tax will be used to pay off the county’s $13.5 million settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The suit contained allegations by former female inmates of sexual assault and misconduct involving county jail staff and volunteers.


Publication Explores Link Between County Jails,Affordable Care Act

On the heels of the controversial Supreme Court ruling of the Affordable Care Act,The National Association of Counties has produced a publication,titled County Jails and the Affordable Care Act: Enrolling Individuals in Health Coverage,that examines how counties can be involved in enrolling individuals held in county jails who become newly eligible for health insurance coverage in 2014 through the Affordable Care Act.