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9th inmate at county jail in Cleveland has died since 2018

May 11, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say another inmate has died at a troubled county jail in Cleveland, the ninth death there since the beginning of last year.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan would not say how the 36-year-old man jailed on a drug possession charge died Friday.

Madigan says the inmate was brought to the jail Wednesday and had been moved to a pod for military veterans a few hours before he was found unresponsive in his cell Friday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center continues to receive scrutiny because of its high inmate death rate and a U.S. Marshal’s Service report released last November calling conditions inside the downtown jail unsafe and inhumane.

Eight inmates died between June and December of last year.