Both were revived by jail staff, but later died of injuries from their supposed suicide attempts.
Both of these men are from our Tri-Cities area, and the families are left grieving lives lost.
It is a sad situation, and certainly disturbing that this would happen twice in such a short time span.
When asked when the last time something like this happened at the jail, an official there sidestepped the question and said one time was too many.
But what remains unclear is why and how. Sheriff's office investigators are now probing both deaths, having not yet finished their first death investigation.
One has to wonder what might be found — and, at the least, we would hope that jail screening and supervision procedures might be re-evaluated. Perhaps the staff at the jail did everything right. But perhaps not.
We also wonder whether we, the people, will ever really know. The sheriff seems to parcel out the information he likes, when he likes, how he likes.
Most Freedom of Information Act requests are denied outright by this department, so little information makes it past the sheriff's gates to see the light of day.
Which is all the more reason to question whether it is appropriate for the Sheriff's Department to investigate its own jail.
Why not ask for an independent investigation of these deaths? Such an outside probe might lend credibility to the jail staff's actions if they did indeed do everything right.
It might also better identify areas that may need strengthening.
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