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Turney v. Waterbury.

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Turney v. Waterbury, 375 F.3d 756 (8th Cir. 2004). A mother brought a civil rights action to recover damages related to the in-custody suicide of her son. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants and the mother appealed. The appeals court affirmed in part, and reversed in part and remanded. The appeals court held that the sheriff was not entitled to qualified immunity, where the sheriff knew of, but did not investigate, the arrestee's earlier suicide attempt at a jail from which he was transferred, did not permit a jailer to complete the arrestee's intake form, placed the arrestee in a cell alone with a bed sheet and exposed ceiling bars, and ordered the jailer not to enter the arrestee's cell without backup and yet left the jailer as the only staff member on duty at the jail. Before the arrestee was transferred to the jail in which he committed suicide, he had told jail staff that "he was going to hang it up" and shortly thereafter he was found in his cell with a bed sheet tied around his neck. During his processing into the next jail he told staff he did not want to return to prison, and that he would die and take someone with him if he received more than a 15 year sentence. The court found that training provided to county officials was not inadequate, where the county provided manuals that informed police officers how to recognize and respond to suicide risks. (Bennett County Jail, South Dakota)
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Title Annotation:INTAKE AND ADMISSIONS
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
Words:263
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