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.
Stories by jail
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Friday, April 21, 2017
FARMINGTON — Kara Noakes, her family and her friends were worried about her going without prescription medications after she was arrested on a traffic warrant and taken to the Davis County Jail June 21, 2016.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
FARMINGTON — A woman arrested on drug possession charges died of a spleen split nearly in half by blunt-force trauma suffered at the Davis County Jail, an autopsy report says.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
FARMINGTON — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who died in a hospital after being taken by ambulance from the Davis County Jail four days before Christmas, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Monday, June 27, 2016
SUNSET — After their mother died in Davis County Jail last week, three adult siblings have accused the jail of failing to provide the 46-year-old woman with blood pressure medication she needed.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
FARMINGTON — A woman who died of a torn spleen apparently suffered in the Davis County Jail was medically unresponsive when Farmington City rescuers arrived, and she suffered a cardiac arrest en route to an Ogden hospital, an ambulance report shows.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
FARMINGTON — Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said Wednesday he has asked the Utah Attorney General’s Office to get involved in the investigation into the December 2016 death of a 28-year-old woman in the county jail.
Monday, July 25, 2016
DAVIS COUNTY — After being arrested in connection with the kidnapping of five women and the murder of a UTA worker, Flint Harrison was found dead at Davis County Jail on Monday morning, July 25.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Utah’s county jails have elaborate policies aimed at safeguarding sick or suicidal inmates, but a spate of deaths has fostered concerns about a shaky safety net for those who go behind bars.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
When someone dies behind bars in Utah, multiple investigations quickly begin. But if the inmate’s passing appears to be medically related, there’s usually no public announcement or news coverage.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
OGDEN — Substance abuse treatment professionals are chipping away at practices in Utah jails they say can force inmates to endure painful and dangerous cold-turkey withdrawals from narcotics addictions.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
OGDEN -- Sandy Grattan continues to mourn her brother who died on June 8, 2014 by hanging himself in the Weber County Jail, just a few hours after being booked in.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s system of handling mentally ill criminal defendants appears to be failing, a federal judge said in allowing a civil rights lawsuit to proceed against the state.