Inmate Found Hanging In Shower At County Jail In Martinez

June 12, 2018 14:03 pm · 39 comments

An inmate was pronounced dead while in custody this morning at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 7:45 a.m., a deputy found the man hanging in a shower.

He was unresponsive, and life-saving efforts by medical staff and firefighters responding to the jail were unsuccessful.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The death is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the county’s district attorney.

Cellophane June 12, 2018 at 2:10 PM

How many inmates have died so far this year, 6 or 7?

I believe most have been from suicides.

The mental state of someone who feels they must die must be horrible.

The loss to the family of someone in such a way is tragic.

Nobody wins.

Hill June 12, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Does seem like a lot of inmates die at this jail. Curious if this is average, or high compaird to other jails like Martinez.

Simonpure June 12, 2018 at 4:12 PM

This was at Martinez

babytruck June 12, 2018 at 2:52 PM

I feel bad for the families involved but in reality, it depends upon the situation. Maybe they’ve been brought in for murder. Or rape of a child. Or robbery of an elderly person who is now on life support because they were beat up for that wallet with a few bucks in it. We will never know.. don’t mean to sound callous but… Perhaps their victim wins.. in some small way.

But there’s an easy solution to this.

Don’t put yourself in the situation to be in jail.

Kim June 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM


Dawg June 12, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Maybe this inmate was being harassed, bullied, picked on, or sexually assaulted by other inmates.
There’s even the possibility this inmate was innocent of any crime.

Anonyjumi June 13, 2018 at 12:05 AM

Being jailed is not a choice. Nor does it mean you are guilty of anything. Innocent until proven guilty. Guests at MDF should be treated like guests, until they are proven guilty, at which point they can be treated like inmates guilty of a crime.


Sign from Above June 13, 2018 at 7:51 AM

@ Anonyjumi

Jail is not a country club. You are not a “Guest” when you’re there. Yes, in America we are all innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. All inmates should be treated fairly. But let’s not use words that make it seem like its a hotel.

You are correct. Being jailed is not a choice. However, the vast majority have made the choice to conduct themselves in a manner to get them there.

Anon June 12, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Is there any staff at this jail? What can you have in the shower that you could hang yourself with? I swear this jail kills more people annually than the murder rate of martinez/concord/phill/walnut creek COMBINED

Original G June 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM

How often is the jail at or exceeding capacity ? ? ?
Given the number of deaths is it time for Contra Costa Grand Jury to review and report ?

TraumaRx June 12, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Blame the system. The system has failed these inmates. More programs for mental health and trade skills should be more emphasized. Reform not punishment.

Shoulda Coulda June 12, 2018 at 6:13 PM

That’s a great idea. Mug a 93 year old woman, break
her hip and we’ll send you to trade school. It’s always
the system that has failed them. Never any personal
responsibility. I’d be willing to wager that it wasn’t your
mother that got mugged. You’d be screaming for
punishment, not reform. Aren’t you the same person
that advised us to leave CPR to the professionals.
Time for you to get your meds checked.

Khloe June 12, 2018 at 6:26 PM

There are resources available but if they don’t want treatment, law enforcement cannot force them to get it. Most people are not interested.

Yep June 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM


Sign from Above June 13, 2018 at 8:04 AM

@ Shoulda Coulda

Right on target with that comment. It’s always the system. Throw more programs at them and everything will be rosy! Programs do not stop the person that has grown up watching his father/uncle/grandfather sell drugs and make more in one night than most make in a month. Programs do not help the homeless person that will not enter a homeless facility because of the rules against alcohol/drugs. Programs do not help the person that is simply bad from destroying the lives of innocent law abiding people.

For the most part (not saying always), jail is for those that make poor decisions and/or can’t live in a peaceful, law abiding society. Unfortunately, the ramifications of their poor decisions sometimes catch up with and overwhelm them. It’s unfortunate, but true.

Lena June 13, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Last time I checked, there was no “treatment” for the long-term effects of brain injury from concussion.

Lena June 13, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Doesn’t seem to be one for poverty, either.

WOrking good June 12, 2018 at 4:15 PM

System seems to be working good, inmates “release” themselves and then we dont have to keep paying for them to be in jail. After all they all broke the law, so suffer the consequences. Win-win situation for all.

Tony swaner June 13, 2018 at 3:36 AM

You are obviously unfamiliar with the concept of “political prisoner”. The law is not always right. Being jailed does not mean anything wrong has been done. Sometimes the law serves other than the people. And suicide is not always a reflection of criminal charges .have a thought.

Robert K June 12, 2018 at 4:23 PM

This is good news. One less POS criminal to spend taxpayer dollars on. No sympathy for anyone who commits crimes and is jailed for it.

Catherine M June 12, 2018 at 9:59 PM

Just wait a minute and consider that they haven’t been proven guilty yet, jail is for the arrested, not convicted.

Sign from Above June 13, 2018 at 8:08 AM

@ Catherine M

You’re statement is only half correct. Jail is for both those that have not been convicted AND those that have been sentenced to less than a year. We don’t know which one the latest inmate fell into. However, the previous suicide was an inmate that was just found guilty of murdering her own sister and trying to kill her brother in law. She just hadn’t been transferred to prison yet. Jail is a melting pot.

Kentucky Derby June 12, 2018 at 4:28 PM

I don’t blame the jails or the system. I believe these inmates are coming to terms with what they’ve done, and they’re choosing to end their lives. I feel sad for their families.

Ricardoh. June 12, 2018 at 4:38 PM

I can understand suicide if you are locked up. It has to be depressing for some. It seems like the jail should have a better handle on how to prevent this sort of thing though.

Too Soon? June 12, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Dope on a rope

Lena June 12, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Must be a really horrible place to be locked up, based on the number of suicides there recently. I would think the shear number, which seems unusually high, would have triggered some sort of state or federal investigation by now. And, they have all been by hanging, if I’m not mistaken. Maybe one heart related or medical problem. Don’t they usually identify inmates at risk of suicide early on and put them on suicide watch? Are they short staffed or something? Very unusual if only for the number of late.

Laura June 12, 2018 at 6:15 PM

With 23 hour lock down to a 2 man cell – you’d think there’d be a lot more supervision during showers – especially when theyre old and gross

anon June 13, 2018 at 6:43 AM

In a regular module – they are let out during the day

Chubby June 12, 2018 at 7:19 PM

These frequent jail deaths are very alarming. I’m not insinuating culpability, but the institutional legal custodians must be held to account. The Board of Supervisors should summon Sheriff Livingston to testify as to what the heck is going on at the jail, and what his plans are to avoid future tragedies.

Original G June 12, 2018 at 10:24 PM

” jail is for the arrested, not convicted.”

Wrong, jail since progressive liberal politicians are running this state they gave their State Prison overcrowding problem to CA”s 58 counties back in 2011. Assembly Bill 109 aka AB-109.

First convicted Felons on the buses back to Counties they came from were those with expensive to treat medical conditions along with inmates with disabilities. State did not take into account an inmates complete criminal history just the last offense they were convicted of in deciding who were “safe” to send back to the counties they came from.

AB-109 also changed where a convicted Felon would serve their time.
Prior to AB-109 a convicted Felon sentenced to over 367 days served their sentence in state prison. That changed, there are now Convicted Felons serving multi decade sentences in County Jails around the state.

Because of progressive liberal democrats state legislators taking the easy way out County Jails are far mere dangerous places than they used to be.

And since Felons are taking up beds in County jails across the state liberals decided to con voters into passing Prop 47 which makes it very hard to charge criminals especially property criminals with a Felony.

So democrats turned county jails into giant revolving doors and sent a message to criminals . . . . go ahead and steal just not too much.

Keep it $950 or less.

anon June 13, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Very well said – thank you

Kentucky Derby June 12, 2018 at 10:38 PM

He was facing child molestation charges.

Simonpure June 13, 2018 at 7:10 AM

8 felony accounts

Not yo momma June 12, 2018 at 11:16 PM

One less turd. I’m sure most are innocent in
Jail. I noticed most of the offended live in a bubble or are convicts. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Let someone molest your child and tell me you want rehabilitation for this maggot.

Chris June 13, 2018 at 8:43 AM

A person has been placed in jail after a person was named or identified being possibly related to a criminal act. The police are called and conduct an investigation. During that investigation, “probable cause” was developed to place them under arrest. Wikipedia defines probable cause as: “a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person’s belief that certain facts are probably true”. Reaching that level in an investigation is not an accident or random chance. Yes, innocent until proven guilty is the standard. However, the reality is that jail is a terrible place to be. So stop blaming everyone else or the lack of programs for being there. The police just don’t drive around, grab you off the street and put you in jail. People need to be responsible for their own behavior. If you put yourself in a situation that may or involves criminal activity, you should be willing to deal with the consequences. If you have mental health issues get help,, there are programs out there.

Katherine E Anderson June 13, 2018 at 9:23 AM

last inmate to committ suicide was my nephew. He had mental issues. Burglary chg.

Seewalk June 13, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Is this the second suicide this week? I thought I read yesterday that an inmate killed himself. I believe he was a pedophile.
Also a 74 year old woman committed suicide at the west county facilities. Accused of murder.

Sign from Above June 13, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Not accused. She was found guilty and was awaiting sentencing.

Ripley June 13, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Seewalk- “Accused”? She was arrested at the scene with the weapon she purchased and brought with her from out of state and used it to shoot her sister and brother inlaw, killing Her sister.
She was convicted in court for murder June 4th, hung herself after the fact.

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