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San Diego County Jails Under Scrutiny For Numerous Deaths

The sign in front of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Administration...

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Above: The sign in front of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Administration Center, San Diego, August 13, 2018.

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Four prisoners died in less than six weeks at the San Diego Central Jail.

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Aired: April 18, 2019 | Transcript

When Ivan Ortiz died shortly after trying to kill himself in March at San Diego Central Jail, he was the fourth person to die in a county jail in six weeks.

San Diego journalist Kelly Davis covers criminal justice and vulnerable populations and has written about deaths in the jail system. Her recent story in The Guardian highlights whether county jails are able to adequately care for medical and mental health needs of its prisoners.

Davis joined Midday Edition Thursday to talk about her recent report.

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