Third Inmate Dies in Four Months at Santa Cruz Jail

Three inmates have died in four month at the Santa Cruz County Jail.

Friday, Nov 23, 2012  |  Updated 12:35 PM PDT
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Third Inmate Dies in Four Months at Santa Cruz Jail

A 47-year-old man was found dead in his bunk at Santa Cruz County Jail on Tuesday.

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Authorities are trying to determine what killed an inmate at the Santa Cruz County Jail this week -- the third such death in four months.
 
The Santa Cruz Sentinel says the 47-year-old man was found in his bunk bed on Tuesday evening. CPR was performed but he was declared dead a short time later.
 
He'd been arrested three days earlier for a probation violation. Authorities say no foul play's suspected.
 
Sheriff's Lt. Shea Johnson says the inmate told jail staff he was having drug withdrawal symptoms and was on a "detox protocol'' that included extra medical attention.
 
In August, a 27-year-old woman died in the jail from medical problems attributed to heroin abuse.
 
In October, a 59-year-old man collapsed during booking and died of cardiovascular disease.

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