Nurse speaks out after 9th Cuyahoga County Justice Center inmate dies within 11 months

Nurse speaks out after 9th Cuyahoga County Justice Center inmate dies within 11 months

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County officials confirmed a 9th inmate has died at Cuyahoga County Justice Center since last June.

City Spokesperson Mary Louise Madigan told 19 News the inmate was a 36-year-old man booked into the jail at 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday for drug possession.

His name is being withheld pending family notification.

Madigan said the inmate was brought into the sally port after getting booked for a series of physical, mental, and behavioral health screenings conducted by MetroHealth medical personnel and corrections officers.

After the screenings, the inmate was taken to his cell with the general population of the jail.

The inmate was approved to go to a veteran’s pod on Friday morning, Madigan said.

Later that day, the inmate died.

Madigan gave 19 News the following timeline of events:

  • 2:28 p.m.: the inmate was found unresponsive by a corrections officer
  • 2:29 p.m.: EMS was called to the jail
  • 2:38 p.m.: EMS arrived on scene
  • 2:47 p.m.: EMS transported the inmate to MetroHealth Hospital
  • 2:50 p.m.: the scene within Cuyahoga County Jail was secured
  • 3:05 p.m.: the inmate was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Hospital

An anonymous nurse has had enough, and wants people to know what’s going wrong inside.

The nurse talked exclusively to 19 News Friday night.

Unfortunately, she was not surprised to hear about the latest death.

She said too many of these inmates are dying as the result of a broken system.

“I pray for these people, because it’s not fair that this is the reason they passed away,” the nurse said.

We’re protecting her identity because of her job.

She said the medical staff at the jail is understaffed and there’s a lack of guidelines for them to follow.

Sources told 19 News the last inmate that died committed suicide.

“I just wonder what he said at the pre-screen or what he said at the health assessment, or who saw him,” the nurse said.

Cuyahoga County officials have yet to release the cause of death.

The nurse said often times critical information doesn’t get relayed in time.

According to the spokesperson Medical staff did a physical on the inmate.

Then a corrections officer preformed his mental evaluation.

People have been protesting about the conditions and medical care at the Cuyahoga county Jail for months.

This week, MetroHealth took over the healthcare administration at the jail.

The nurse we talked to thinks that will help, but said the short term outlook is bleak.

“It’s going to take too long,” she said. “I think there’s going to be more things that happen.”

Return to 19 News for updates on this developing story.

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