We constantly hear about situation at the Sangamon County Jail, and how inmates rights are violated. Like inmates sleeping on the floor “Sangamon County Jail Overcrowding… No Relief In Sight…” or “Inmates Sleeping On The Floor At The Sangamon County Jail!?“. To Sangamon County Inmates Rights Violated Again??.. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office is known for having some “issues” within their jail.
Just last month a woman hung herself in the Jail over not getting a phone call. The woman was being held for another county on a warrant awaiting for them to come pick her up when according to reports she tied a sheet around her neck and hung herself from a door feeding window.
She was no seriously injured and afterwards was placed in a High Risk Observation Cell for her safety and later transported to the county jail she was being held for.
Are conditions in the jail so bad inmates are forced to hang themselves? Are the inmates rights being violated so often that it leads to incidents like this? In the last few months there has been several suicide attempts in the Sangamon County Jail ranging from hangings, to jumping off second story floors, to wrist cutting, etc. Obviously the jail needs to reconsider only having 1 Mental Health Counselor on duty only 4 days a week!