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New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Clears County Jail Staff Of Wrongdoing In Inmate Death

A new grand jury report says Santa Barbara County Jail staff members didn’t do anything improper in the death of a jail inmate. The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury investigated the March, 2018 death of a 60 year old inmate.

A Sheriff’s deputy taking the inmate breakfast found him lying naked and unconscious on the ground of his isolation cell. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a day later.

The report shows the inmate was a homeless man who had a number of serious health issues, and had a history of not following treatment instructions. Deputies noticed there were three uneaten meals in the jail cell.

An autopsy showed there was no foul play, and that the inmate died from natural causes. Because of privacy laws, the inmate’s name isn’t being released.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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