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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Thursday, March 17, 2016
OGDEN — One day after a Utah State Prison inmate from Ogden died after a reported attack by another prisoner, his defense attorney called his death “a tragedy” and said his family is waiting for answers.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY — The widow of an Ogden man stabbed and beaten to death at the Utah State Prison has filed a $20 million suit against the state Department of Corrections, saying guards ignored warnings the victim was in danger from members of a rival gang.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
NORTH OGDEN — The family of an inmate found dead in her cell in Utah State Prison in Draper is still receiving letters from inmates questioning how Priscilla Chavez was treated by correctional officials.
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.