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Smith County, Texas Jail Inmate Commits Suicide

Monday, June 12th, 2017

A Smith County Jail detainee, Carlos Jose Hernandez, Jr., committed suicide in the jail shortly after midnight today.  Mr. Hernandez apparently hung himself in his cell.

The Smith County Sheriff indicated that the Texas Rangers were notified of the death.  He also said that, after checking the jail’s observation logs, as well as video recordings, appropriate cell observations were made.  Mr. Hernandez had been booked into the jail at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

It is not the intent of this post to allege that anything improper occurred related Mr. Hernandez’s death.  Instead, this post is to shed light on a continued problem nationwide – suicide or attempted suicide of detainees.  Hopefully, the recently-enacted Sandra Bland Act will help in curbing the problem.



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