Jail Suicide

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In July of 2015, the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Waller County, Texas began to make national headlines. After a routine traffic stop, conflict between Bland and a state trooper escalated, resulting in an arrest, and Bland was later found dead in her jail cell. Her cause of death was ruled a suicide.

While Bland's story is shocking, the troubling truth is that jail and prison suicides, or attempted suicides, are a regular occurrence in our penal system. If your family has lost someone due to their suicide while in police custody, the time to speak with legal counsel is now. Law enforcement and correctional facilities have a responsibility to maintain the safety of suspects and inmates—and when they do not, negligence or abuse has occurred. Any delay in responding to these situations could cause important legal deadlines to be missed. At Keffer Barnhart LLP, our compassionate and aggressive Indianapolis civil rights attorneys can help you and your family seek the damages you deserve following this tragedy.

You do not have to let this negligence stand. Seek decisive legal action by contacting our firm now.

How Jail Suicides Occur

For most people, being taken into custody is a stressful occurrence and not every individual is equipped to deal with it. Law enforcement and correctional officers should be trained to spot suspects and inmates in crisis and when they fail to, they put these individuals at risk.

Jail suicides can occur due to:

  • Failure to protect the mentally ill
  • Understaffing/failure to monitor
  • Physical assault while in custody
  • Sexual assault while in custody
  • Undue taunting and intimidation
  • Medication imbalance/withdrawals
  • Other forms of mental/physical/sexual abuse while in custody

To be sure, law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities will be reluctant to admit culpability following these deaths. That is why it is so critical to maintain skilled and aggressive legal counsel during this time. At Keffer Barnhart LLP, we believe that these deaths are absolutely unacceptable and will work with the affected families to not only uncover the truth about what happened to their loved one, but pursue swift justice for any wrongdoing that occurred.

Our firm is ready to hear your loved one's story. Contact us today to request a free consultation with our team.

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