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In September of 2019, three people in the Shasta County Jail died within a two-week span. Does... more »
posted 03/25/20

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In recent years, the jail has also seen the number of deaths in custody tick upward. Most of those deaths are suicides, a category of deaths some jail experts have deemed “mostly preventable.”
The Record Searchlight reviewed 53 of California’s 58 counties with available data. The review showed some jails have death rates double or triple that of their neighbors or other jail systems of similar size.
Interviews with law enforcement officials, attorneys and outside experts indicate that changes in policing, initiative in leadership and a prioritization of health can save lives.