Death by Jail Cell

Jail sucks. It also kills. Going to prison was what usually did you in but they times they are a changing and not for the better. A simple trip to the county jail for unpaid parking tickets just might take your life like the 32-year-old man from Michigan who suffered an excruciatingly painful death in a Jail cell in 2015. David Stojcevski’s cries for help, as he was left to die over the course of 17 days, were ignored by the police as he was denied the medications he had been prescribed prior to his incarceration. Medical officers at the jail were informed Stojcevski required Xanax, Klonopin and Oxycodone when they booked him, yet never provided them to him, even after he was found “twitching on the floor” and pleading “for necessary medical care and treatment.”

When Stojcevski began hallucinating — a symptom of benzodiazepine withdrawal — he told officers he felt “all his organs” had been removed and his “arms [had been] shredded,” leaving “10 percent of his heart.” Instead of receiving medical care, he was placed on suicide watch, where he was stripped naked for his own safety, and officers looked on via a 24-hour-a-day camera, “defendants … monitored, watched and observed David spend the final ten days of his life suffering excruciating benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.”

“It’s unconscionable that they let this human being suffer like this,” addiction expert Diane Rockwell told WDIV, describing Stojcevski’s last moments, as he crawled under the cell bed and heaved his last breaths, as being “like an animal [that’s] crawling underneath something to die.”

A woman with a history of mental illness was found dead in an Atlanta Jail, where she was being held for a minor crime, and it took hours for anyone to find her. Records show Wickie Bryant was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center in Sept. 2015 after police arrested her for disorderly conduct. Bryant suffered from schizophrenia and diabetes, among other health issues. Mildred Sims, Bryant’s sister, said Bryant was then moved into a jail cell in an area of the jail where lights had not been on for years.
“It's really, really painful,” Sims told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne. “If it wasn't for our faith, we wouldn’t be able to get through this. She was only in there for a misdemeanor,” attorney Stephen Fowler said. Bryan left the jail almost exactly one month later on a covered stretcher. Now, that misdemeanor case has morphed into a federal suit alleging wrongful death.

“We want justice for her. I am speaking on behalf of her. I am her voice,” Sims told Winne. The suit says, “Ms. Bryant died alone in an unlit cell, where her body remained for several hours before anyone  even noticed that she died. They found Ms. Bryant dead in a dark, unlit cell,” said attorney M.J. Blakely. “Ultimately Ms. Bryant suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, which essentially happens when a diabetic patient or individual does not receive the medications they need to survive,” Fowler said. The suit alleges Bryant, “consistently declined treatment, but no mental health professional evaluated her  decision-making capacity, and no one ever referred her to a physician.” 

“Not once did she see a doctor,” Blakely said. Bryant’s attorneys said written jail policy requires a doctor referral for an inmate who refuses medication twice.
“Does it say how that referral will happen?” Winne asked Fowler. “It does not,” Fowler said. The attorneys said the policy lacks clarity and checks and balances, and didn’t help Bryant, though she refused medication several times. The suit alleges at one point, Bryant became agitated and an officer moved her to another cell “in an area where the lights had not functioned for years, making it extremely difficult to see detainees.”

“This is not the place you house anyone, especially somebody who's suffering from mental illness and whose health care condition is declining,” Blakely said.

Hanging is a popular death jail cell. Both men and woman are fond of dying this while in the county. A shitty way to die in jail would be getting cooked to death in the heat. If you end up in a Texan jail it might happen to you. Then again getting beaten to death by your cellmate in a Denver jail cell wouldn't be fun either. The highest odds of dying in jail cell is that you'll be beaten to death by either guards or the police or a combination of both. The moral of this post is don't end up in jail, it might just save your life.

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