The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On November 12, 2021 at about 2:10 PM, correctional staff members were inside one of the female housing units returning an inmate to her cell. While doing so, one of the corrections deputies began performing a safety and security check of the unit. When the deputy looked through one of the cell windows, she observed a female inmate lying on her stomach inside the cell. The deputy noticed that there was something around the inmate’s neck. The deputy immediately alerted corrections staff and jail medical that there was a suicide attempt in progress. The deputies quickly secured the housing unit and entered the cell to assess the inmate. Staff members lifted the inmate up and removed a ligature from around her neck. The corrections deputies turned the female onto her side and assessed her airway and pulse. The inmate was breathing and had a pulse. Deputies protected the inmate’s neck as they waited for medical staff.
Contracted jail medical staff from NaphCare were onsite in under a minute and began a medical assessment of the inmate. At the same time, emergency medical services were summoned by jail staff.
Emergency medical services arrived onsite at about 2:17 PM. EMS completed an initial assessment, loaded the patient onto a gurney and left the facility at about 2:29 PM.
The inmate was assessed at a local hospital and later returned to the jail. The inmate will remain under close observation at the jail until cleared by mental health staff.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the corrections deputies and NaphCare medical staff that were involved for their quick response. Their actions can be directly attributed to saving this person’s life.