Inmate Dead at the County Jail in Martinez

October 30, 2012 17:25 pm · 42 comments

An inmate is dead and an investigation is underway at the County Jail in Martinez, according to the Office of the Sheriff.

Details of the death are unavailable at this time.

We will post more infomation as soon as it’s available.

Local October 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I live near the county jail and just about 30 minutes ago there was a helicopter circling above. Not sure if it’s related or not, but maybe?

Chris October 30, 2012 at 5:41 PM

maybe now the rampant abuse of inmates by the jail employees will actually be addressed, but I doubt it.

MDF bus driver October 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The helicopter wasn’t related to the death of an inmate.

Howard K Mullins III October 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

One less criminal? Hard to say. If so, can’t say I am sorry.

Everyone has the choice of self self determination.

Criminals made theirs.

Anon October 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

There’s more to this story. The News chopper was in the air stationary for 10 minutes and then circled around for another 20. Must have been a huge fight or escape attempt.

Tifosi Rouleur October 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

God rest their soul.

Killjoy October 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Chris, aren’t you jumping to conclusions? Perhaps this was an issue between inmates? Perhaps someone hanged themselves?
We need more details before we can make any assumptions.

Anon October 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

People in jail are usually there for a reason, and it ain’t because they did something nice.

And before you liberal revisionistic losers ask, here is a question for you “What did this person do to get put in jail?”

@Anon October 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Regardless of what they did to be in county jail (if it was something horrible, they’d be in a state prison), nobody deserves to die.

Darwin October 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

#2 Chris is an idiot. I can tell you have never been in MDF. they have soda machines on the unit, commisary, seconds on food, fee medical care, recreation and T.V and if you are housed at the WCDF you have the key to your room. What abuse??? Occassionally some democrat will cause a ruckus about his lack of rights andwill have to be handled. If you keep to yourself and dont gangbang its easy time. If you want to talk about rough times get booked into santa rita, then we will talk..Chris if you cant do the time dont do the crime SISSY.

anon-realanon October 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

@Killjoy @Chris Chris may be jumping to conclusions, but he does have a point. The deputy’s in there are seriously brutal people. When I was 18, I saw several people get beat down for no reasonable reason and was held without blankets or breakfast/dinner for a total of four days. I screwed up, which is why I was there, but they need to be the bigger people.

(Btw, I didn’t have any unsolicited contact with any officer nor was I rude, in case anyone was wondering.)

Freak October 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

@@Anon #9

Who are you to judge?

Jerk October 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Ah yes #8, Because everybody that has an interaction with a Cop for that matter is guilty!
An innocent person never gets convicted. See how that’s working In Massachusetts – That’s right Annie Dookhan Falsified 1,000’s of drug tests = Convicting Innocent people.

Laura October 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Umm when did MDF put vending machines on a module? Must have been when they began offering seconds on food… And not everybody in jail is a criminal- I was arrested and got sentenced for being nice!!! I gave someone a ride to the store (it was raining and she needed feminine stuff) and she stole something. I was arrested and charged- even though the evidence and witnesses ALL proved I had NOTHING to do with the theft!!!! So think before you judge!!

judaspriest October 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

hmmm yea i reckon folks die in jail too

Anon October 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

@Anon #9

Not an expert, like you seem to be, but as I understand it they maybe held in a Mtz jail waiting for the next “bus” to State lockup. As for your childish comment on no one deserves to die, if someone kills my loved one’s well I’d disagree.

ANNON October 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I agree they were in jail for a reason other than being nice. One less to feed and us tax payers pay for!!

Anon October 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM


Care to tell us why you were there, or are you afraid to lose the sympathy of this mob?

Just me October 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Umm….@anon there are inmates at the jail on trial. So the could be headed to the state pen but on trial now. And I love how people want to blame the CoCoSo as abusive. Remember that when you call them for help. D

Julio-Antioch October 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I hope it was the guy who shot up my friends truck in front of his house.

Wisecracker October 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Sorry, but my mind and thoughts are elsewhere tonight – like with the people who have endured Hurricane Sandy and the 50 people who have lost their lives trying to get through it.

Linz October 30, 2012 at 8:02 PM

@anon #9, the Martinez County Jail is where some very violent felons are kept until their trial. If they are convicted, THEN they are sent to state prison. So there are in fact inmates there who have done horrible things (including murder and rape).

B. Willson October 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

@Chris – let’s have some proof of the “rampant abuse of inmates by the jail employees…”

Otherwise, siddown or you might end up opening yourself to lawsuits.

NRA #1 fan and member October 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Hope it was a sex offender

? October 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

david rosen?

anon October 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM

#17 – Are you saying that you are a nice person? You certainly lack any compassion. Most people in jails have not harmed anyone whether by force or fraud. Most are in for drug possession or other violation of a victimless non-crime. If not-nice people should be in jail, I hope they send you to one soon.

John Coffey October 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ah hope it wusn’t me again!

mortimer October 30, 2012 at 8:51 PM

who cares…

Anon October 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

@anon #26

Troll alert!

Highway Star October 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I’ll wait for more information before expressing an opinion. You trolls should do the same.

Annon October 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

@anon #17
Yes I’m a nice person!!!!!!!!!
People are not in jail for just no reason or wrong doing. I don’t care if its for drugs or harm they are there because they committed a crime!!!

Hug'a'thug October 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I have worked there( MDF) for years. In intake. # 11, your comments are so far off base it makes me sick.

Laura October 30, 2012 at 9:35 PM

@annon#30 I was in jail for something I didn’t do!!! So YES some people are in jail for being in the wrong place wrong time- or for giving someone a ride and they commit a crime. Thanks to the So and probation dept, it will be off my record in a few months, if not sooner.

...... October 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Highway Star is a wise person

perla October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

One less criminal, overcrowded jails is unsafe for the staff and unsafe for us when they get out…..

Tree Farm October 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

@ #26

Possession of drugs is a victimless crime? Tell that to the 3,000 citizens in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico that are murdered EACH YEAR by the drug cartels. Sure, keep your head in the sand.

JERKS October 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

To those who are addressing abuse by the deputies I’ll add my 2 cents. An innocent acquaintance of mine was treated like a dog by a deputy while at the MDF. The jerk deputies assume everyone in there is guilty when in fact some are there due to arrest-happy cops who don’t always have the right person. If you believe the abusive powers will cease think again.

Ex con October 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Opps I tazed him to long

Craig Cannon October 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM

The chopper was ABC 7. I was in the parking lot watching it hover. It’ll air at 11:00 on 7. There was also a small outburst in a courtroom earlier in the afternoon that caused people to Tweet the Media. The Sheriff has explained in a press release, what happened. The major breaking news stations hopefully will pass it along, along with CLAYCORD of course!

@ Laura #14 October 31, 2012 at 7:04 AM

So you were arrested, and convicted of a crime even though all the witnesses said you didn’t do it?

All you did was gave a person a ride and they stole something? Let me guess, the “theft” was what the law considers a Robbery and you were driving the getaway car that fled the scene?

Sounds like a serious miscarriage of justice to me. I guess the jury of your peers feel asleep or are your saying it was a conspiracy to convict you?

PS. If you were convicted, YOU ARE NOT INNOCENT.

Seal October 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

@ @ Laura #41

This is not always true.

Anon-realanon October 31, 2012 at 9:39 AM

@ Hug’a’Thug #32 I wouldn’t call those comments off base. I don’t think anyone else would either. I consulted an attorney out of curiosity also, and they advised me that it would be more harm to even request documents that show my case than to just move on. I was in for a petty theft after stealing from my work when I was 18.

The deputy that brought me in was very nice. We actually had a good conversation on the ride downtown.

I have friends that have worked there as Deputies and they would back me up the same since they left after 2-5 years respectively. I’m not saying all are bad, but nobody can realistically argue that this stuff doesn’t happen on a daily basis, because it most surely does.

Hopefully there’s an investigation into the hours worth of missing tape in the lobby of room 9 and the sally ports as well.

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