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Two Jail Deaths Investigated

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The deaths of two jail inmates -- one in Miami-Dade, the other in Tampa -- have officials investigating how the system failed to protect them.  In the first, Joaquin Cairo was arrested on a misdemeanor and booked into the psychiatric ward of the Miami-Dade jail, where his cell-made allegedly threw him against the furniture, according to the Miami Herald; Cairo died a week later during surgery. U.S. Department of Justice officials have been overseeing the Miami-Dade Corrections Department’s facilities because of the shoddy care mentally ill inmates have received.

In the previously reported death of a Tampa man who was taken to jail instead of a hospital after suffering a stroke, the Florida Department of Health is investigating whether licensed health professionals failed to do their jobs, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  

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