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Inmate deaths point to need for leadership -- and new county jail: Mark Naymik

Mark Naymik, cleveland.comOctober 5, 2018

Inmate deaths point to need for leadership -- and new county jail: Mark Naymik

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- People shouldn’t die while they are in Cuyahoga County’s jail.

After the death of six inmates within four months, our county elected officials seem to finally agree.

On Thursday, following the death of the sixth inmate, the county released a statement saying that County Executive Armond Budish will ask the County Council for money to hire an outside expert to review the county jail system. It certainly warrants a review – and more.

The FBI also is looking into possible civil rights violations at the jail, sources told cleveland.com this week. It’s unclear whether the inquiry, which started as early as June, was sparked by the deaths.

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