Jail Supervisor’s Death Shows Danger of Keeping Mentally Ill in Custody

A system that allowed a schizophrenic HIV-positive inmate to bite a jail supervisor on the leg — possibly contributing to his death 10 weeks later — reflects the consequences of “warehousing” the mentally ill in county jails,a judge wrote in a court order Thursday.

Following an arrest,mentally ill inmates can sit in jail for months without treatment before they are evaluated by the courts and provided proper treatment,Judge Jay Quam wrote. The number of such cases has nearly tripled since 1998,he said.

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Convicted Murderer Captured after Kansas Jailbreak

A convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Kansas after being transferred from an overcrowded state prison has been caught,the state Department of Corrections said Friday.

Santos Carrera-Morales,22,was arrested in Russell,Kan.,about 80 miles from the Ottawa County jail,around 11:30 p.m. Thursday,the department said in a statement. No other details were immediately available.

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Policy Changes after Kansas Jail Escape

Kansas officials are rethinking a decision to house prison inmates in a county jail and have moved all of them back to a state facility after four escaped,including a convicted murderer,the state Department of Corrections said Thursday.

The remaining 18 prison inmates who were held in the Ottawa County Jail have been returned to the state prison in Ellsworth,department spokesman Jeremy Barclay told The Associated Press. Overcrowding at Ellsworth had led the department to transfer inmates in January to the county jail.

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2 Officers Indicted after Jail Suicide

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Freeholder H. James Polos,chairman of the Public Safety and Health Committee,who oversees the Department of Corrections and Youth Services,said on Wednesday that the recent allegations against the two corrections officers are very serious.

Two county corrections officers were indicted by a grand jury on charges of falsifying departmental records stemming from the suicide of an inmate at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center last year.

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Jail Inmates Who Spit are Charged with Assault

A representative for the Sumner County Jail said they will not tolerate any assault on detention officers,even spitting.

Bobby James Garrison II,35,of Airport Road in Gallatin,was charged last Saturday with assault after spitting on a detention officer’s hand.

The arrest affidavit says that “while trying to restrain Garrison’s legs to the restraint chair for the second time,Bobby purposely spit” on the guard’s hand.

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Sex Offender Escapes from Lansing

A 59-year-old child sex offender who was 2 1/2 years from a possible release from prison escaped early Wednesday from the Lansing Correctional Facility,authorities said.

It marked the second time Gary Leslie Furthmyer has escaped from prison since his 1985 conviction on child sex abuse charges in Sedgwick County.

Furthmyer escaped about 3 a.m. from his minimum-custody job assignment at the facility’s steam plant,according to Lansing officials.

Furthmyer is described as a white man with a light complexion,brown hair,and blue eyes standing 5-feet-9 and weighing about 185 pounds.

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