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Somerset County Jail, NJ, is Sued in Connection With the Death of Prisoner

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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On December 27, 2017, the family of Jaquan Williams filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Somerset County Jail and others. Williams died on January 11, 2017, while detained in the Somerville, New Jersey, jail. He had been detained for nine days when he allegedly died from serious injuries sustained in an altercation with his cellmate. He was found unresponsive and with a weak pulse. He was transported to an Intensive Care Unit at a nearby hospital, where he died.

On the day of Williams’ death, his mother visited him at 3 p.m through 3:30. He also spoke on the phone to his girlfriend from 5:51 to 6:30. Williams then ate dinner, and the jail went into lockdown for a detainee count from 8 to 8:30. Then at 9:45 p.m., he was discovered unresponsive in his cell, according to Patricia Belin, Williams’ mother. Belin says it must have been lack of supervision that could result in her son being unresponsive. The staff could not resuscitate him, she said.

The death was investigated and no further details have been provided. All custodial deaths are investigated. In Texas, the Texas Rangers are in charge of such investigations. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) also investigates jail deaths. One of the things that is checked into is whether medical care was provided, as required by minimum jail standards. In this case out of New Jersey, the deceased’s mother claims that he did not receive the prompt medical care he needed, resulting in his death.

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Following the Custodial Death of Amie Coon, TCJS Cites Taylor County Jail for Alleged Jail Standards Violations

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) visited Tyler County Jail in Woodville, Texas, for an investigation in November 2017 following the custodial death of 41-year-old Amie Coon on November 12, 2017. This is a standard part of the investigation that follows custodial deaths in Texas. The cause of Coon’s death has not been made public. An autopsy was supposed to be done in Beaumont, Texas, shortly after the custodial death occurred. On November 22, TCJS published results of a Special Inspection Report. The jail was found to have allegedly violated two minimum jail standards requirements during the period of time in which Coon was found unresponsive in her cell.

The following are details about the TCJS inspection findings and alleged violations of jail standards by Tyler County Jail personnel:

  • Every jail facility is required to have the appropriate number of detention officers every hour of each day. Procedures for making face-to-face observations of all prisoners must be followed, which includes a maximum time of making such observations every 60 minutes. In areas where prisoners are known to be mentally ill, potentially suicidal, behaving bizarrely, or assaultive, observations must be made every 30 minutes maximum. TCJS did a review of video evidence and documentation and determined that during the period when Coon was discovered to be unresponsive, there were no face-to-face observations between 1601 and 2149 hours, at which time she was discovered.
  • Article 16.22 of the Code of Criminal Procedure says that referrals to available mental health officials must be made when prisoners are identified as being potentially suicidal or mentally disabled during intake screening. Allegedly, no documentation was submitted to prove that a Magistrate was notified with regard to Coon, though it was a mandatory requirement.

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