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Is there a suicide issue at the Cuyahoga County Jail?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2019 | Uncategorized |

In the United States, you have a right to the presumption of innocence. This means that nobody can claim you are guilty of a crime unless the state proves it in court. However, this does not mean that you will not end up in an Ohio jail before your trial. In fact, in most cases, an officer will arrest you, and you will spend time in jail before you go to court. If you cannot make bail, then you will stay in jail. 

During this time, officers must provide you proper care and ensure you do not suffer an injury, even one that is self-inflicted. If you have suicidal feelings, then the jail must take them seriously and provide proper treatment and protection. However, in the Cuyahoga County Jail, there is a recent problem with a high number of suicides. 

According to, in 2018, there were four inmates who died as a result of suicide at the jail. This is a highly disturbing number since there is 24/7 monitoring in a jail setting. If an inmate displays any signs that he may have suicidal thoughts, then the jail should act quickly to get that inmate help. 

The jail is responsible for the well-being of every inmate, whether that person has already had his day in court or not. However, it is especially terrible when someone dies in jail when they have yet to go to court and have the court or a jury convict them because that person is still innocent in the eyes of the law. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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