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Feds will investigate Snohomish County Jail after 7 inmate deaths

EVERETT — In November 2011, Lyndsey Lason, 27, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.  A week and a half later, she died in her cell.

Medical records show Lason died from suffocating after her lungs collapsed. Her family’s attorney says Lason had been complaining of chest pain for days.

“Lyndsey noticed something was wrong day one and she was asking for medical help, including X-rays. She told medical staff she was having hard time breathing and pushed her emergency button several times. She actually saw a nurse and the nurse said, ‘Good luck with that cough’ and took off,” said attorney Royce Ferguson, who has filed a $10 million wrongful death claim on behalf of Lason’s family.


Last summer, 22-year-old Michael Saffioti died after being served a meal containing dairy; he was highly allergic to dairy products.

“I know my son tried to get help and he was ignored. I know that he wouldn’t have died had he gotten help,” said Rose Saffioti.

Five other inmates have died in the Snohomish County Jail in the past three years, and now the feds are coming to investigate.

“If there are things that can improve, we want to know that and try to improve them,” said Shari Iverton of  the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  “Having an outside third party do this can be one of the best things to help make those decisions.”

The National Institute of Corrections will take a thorough look at policies and procedures and interview a wide range of people at the jail, including deputies, inmates and medical staff.

Ferguson says he is hopeful the NIC review will make the Snohomish County Jail a safer place for inmates.


7 Comments to “Feds will investigate Snohomish County Jail after 7 inmate deaths”

    holdeninwa said:
    June 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    No situation in America requires an individual to waive #civil & #Constitutional rights, even when one finds him or herself in jail. We all deserve our dignity. I've read about the deaths of people under the care & supervision of Snohomish County jail personnel over the past several months. Very scary. Utter incompetence, dead Americans & no investigation by the county– or state! This is not 1950 when law enforcement can bully, neglect, mistreat The People they are supposed to be protecting from harm- and get away with it. Let's stop using scarce tax dollars paying for corruption & ineptitude. Time for change.

    BILL K. said:
    June 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Been happening everywhere across usa for decades. Its only news now cuz its affecting the whites.

    Carl Constantine said:
    June 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    The nurse needs to be fired and the state needs to pay $10 million dollars for allowing a beautiful young woman to die while crying out for help. This is absolutely unacceptable!

    Mohamed Moshrif said:
    July 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I got info regarding the incident of Michael Saffioti. Please contact me at: mmeshref@gmail.com I am an eye witness

    Guest said:
    January 20, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    It's easy to avoid. Don't go to jail.

    Someone Somewhere said:
    January 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Nurse committed career suicide. It's nice to see the typical nurse attitude get put in it's place.

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