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24-year-old female inmate dies in Snohomish County Jail; investigation launched

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snohomish county jailEVERETT — A 24-year-old female inmate from Everett died of unknown causes in the Snohomish County Jail early Monday morning and an investigation has been launched into the circumstances, county sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

She was the ninth person since 2010 to die in the Snohomish County Jail, the Everett Herald said.

“This morning, at around 1 a.m., a 24 year-old female inmate was found unresponsive in her cell within the Snohomish County Jail medical unit,” Ireton said. “Medical personnel immediately began CPR and called for additional medical aid.  Aid units responded to the jail but attempts to revive the inmate were unsuccessful and she died at the scene.”

The inmate had been booked into the jail on Jan. 7 (last Tuesday) by the Everett Police Department for violating a no-contact order and obstruction, Ireton said.  Jail personnel said she had been screened medically when she was booked into jail and routinely checked by medical unit personnel every half-hour, she added.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the investigation.

The identity of the inmate, as well as the cause of death, would be released later by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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6 comments

  • Jessica

    I'm not proud of sharing this because it's quite embarrassing. I was actually arrested for the first time in my life for a alleged domestic violence offense. My case is still pending. But I spent 3 days in Snohomish County Jail and what I saw was jaw dropping.

    I've never been to jail or in trouble with the law ever. Aside from a traffic ticket or two. I was horrified not only of being brought to this place, but at what I witnessed first hand. All I could think about the entire time was that I wished someone would do an expose or inside investigation there.

    The neglect that went on there was awful. I deal with nerve pain due to peripheral neuropathy. I asked several times to see a nurse and was declined. Even after I slipped and almost fell down the stairs. Other women shared their stories of neglect with me while I was in there as well. I couldn't believe some of the things I heard.

    The guards are there to do a job and I completely understand that, they have to deal with a lot of inmates and I'm sure it's difficult to differentiate which ones are legitimately in need, but the level of verbal abuse and neglect these female inmates were subjected to would horrify the public if they saw it. One woman vomited on the floor and they made her clean it up herself. Another woman spent two days in a holding cell where they keep it at a very low temperature. It's like being in a meat locker. I know because I spent my first 8 hours there.

    I know jail is not supposed to be a pleasant place and there are people that need to be in jail, but at what cost? Their life? People make mistakes in life. Some minor and some major, but no one should ever be mistreated the way Snohomish County treats their inmates.

  • Katie H.

    I knew this girl and spoke to her boyfriend after finding out about her death and was told a very different story than what is printed here. The young woman who died in the Snohomish County Jail apparently begged and pleaded with the guards to provide her with medical attention. To no ones surprise (whose ever been to jail) her cries for help were totally ignored. This jail is insanely corrupt and this most recent preventable death within the walls of Snohomish County Jail fuels my fire to uncover the truth and expose this corrupt and neglectful institution. These guards are less than human.