Deaths in Meck­len­burg

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Insight -

Meck­len­burg County has seen four jail deaths in a two-month pe­riod this year. State Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices of­fi­cials say there were no su­per­vi­sion prob­lems with two of those deaths, while the other two re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The four deaths, and a fifth of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day, are the most the county’s jails have seen in a year since 2007, when seven in­mates died, state records show.

The state found proper su­per­vi­sion of Ken­neth Bigham, 39, who hanged him­self from a sheet and died May 13, and Ja­mar­cus McIl­waine, 34, who died June 28 from a cause yet to be de­ter­mined.

The deaths still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion are Lavar­chio Allen, 35, who died July 5 from a cause yet to be de­ter­mined, and Jerome Thomp­son, 52, who died July 12 af­ter jump­ing from the sec­ond floor of a gen­eral hous­ing pod.

The sher­iff’s of­fice re­ported Karla Grif­fin, 33, died just af­ter mid­night Wed­nes­day of an ap­par­ent sui­cide in a Jail North gen­eral hous­ing pod. That death will likely also be in­ves­ti­gated by the state DHHS.

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