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31-year-old inmate found dead in San Diego jail

SAN DIEGO — A 31-year-old inmate was found dead Thursday at San Diego Central Jail, authorities said.

Deputies passing by a holding cell on the second floor of the downtown building found the detained man unresponsive, slumped over the partition next to a restroom, Lt. San Diego County Sheriff Chris Steffen in a news release Friday. The man was alone when deputies found him.

MPs and medical staff gave the man naloxone – a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – and performed CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m

The Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board was notified of the death and responded to the jail.

Thursday marks the ninth death in custody in the county so far this year. Last week, a 25-year-old inmate died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

A motion was filed earlier this week asking a federal court to deal with dangerous and deadly conditions in county jails. The complaint calls on the sheriff’s department to do more in several areas, including preventing drug overdoses in prisons, ensuring timely security screenings and better aftercare for inmates’ mental health.

In February, a devastating state audit found that 185 inmates died in San Diego County jails between 2006 and 2020 — the most in the state. The report accused the sheriff’s department of “failing to adequately prevent and respond to deaths in custody.”

FOX 5’s Jason Sloss contributed to this story.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/31-year-old-inmate-found-dead-at-san-diego-jail/ 31-year-old inmate found dead in San Diego jail

Sarah Y. Kim

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