Investigating jail deaths in Northern Utah
Utah has the most jail deaths per capita in the nation,
according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Weber and Davis counties are among the worst in the state, outstripping even more populous Salt Lake County in death rates, data gathered by the Standard-Examiner shows. The following story archive is the first part of a yearlong effort by the Standard-Examiner to report on the people behind the mugshots and how they died.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
BRIGHAM CITY — A man who died while awaiting booking in the Box Elder County Jail had ingested more than 10 times the amount of strychnine necessary to kill a person, investigative reports show.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
BRIGHAM CITY — The death in jail of a Bear River City man who ignored court orders to pay an ambulance bill is drawing more attention from civil rights groups, which say they see American justice returning to a type of debtors’ prison environment.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
BRIGHAM CITY — The death of a Bear River City man remains under investigation four months after he was found unresponsive in a Box Elder County jail cell.
Monday, February 15, 2016
BRIGHAM CITY — Rex Iverson died in a jail cell shortly after he was taken into custody, but he wasn’t there for a criminal act..