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Inmate dies in fall at Milpitas’ Elmwood Correctional Facility
by Jason Green
Apr 13, 2017 | 2957 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sheriff’s office said correctional deputies responding to the sound of a “loud crash” found the inmate’s body at about 4:48 a.m. on the floor of the common area just below an upper level. His injuries were consistent with a fall from the upper level.

Elmwood staff provided first aid and CPR to the inmate, who was then rushed to the hospital. He was pronounced dead just before 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office, along with members of the District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, are conducting an investigation into the in-custody death, which is standard procedure in such cases. The sheriff’s office said it appears at this point that the inmate jumped with the “purpose of taking his own life.”

The part of Elmwood where the inmate was being housed does not have individual cells, said Sgt. Richard Glennon. Instead, inmates sleep in bunk beds located on two levels, dormitory-style. There are no cameras there.

The inmate had been in custody for more than 50 days prior to his death. Additional information about the inmate, including his name, will not be released until his family has been “afforded sufficient time to make notifications,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The last in-custody death at the facility occurred in April 2016, when a 72-year-old man also fell from an upper level. Witness statements and a note left by the inmate indicated the death was a suicide.

Located in Milpitas, Elmwood houses about 2,600 minimum- and medium-security male inmates, according to the Santa Clara County Department of Correction’s website..Link
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