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Last year, San Diego County instituted new protocols to cut down on inmates taking their lives in jail. The county has generally had a worse record on jail suicides than other California counties.

On August 5 of this year, Rochelle Nishimoto, mother of a man who had committed suicide in jail, filed suit against the county for negligence, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and violation of 14th Amendment rights.The suit was filed in federal court.

Last September, there was a family dispute in the Nishimoto household. Jason Nishomoto, Rochelle's son and a paranoid schizophrenic, had attempted to take his own life. His brother called the sheriff's office. Nishimoto was taken to Tri-City Medical Center. According to the suit, during the previous five months, Jason had attempted suicide four times before being taken to Tri-City.

Despite this record, according to the suit, in 59 minutes, Jason was cleared from Tri-City and transported to the Vista Detention Facility. It allegedly knew his history of suicide attempts, but, according to the suit, he was not given his medications or seen by a psychiatrist. After a few days, he hanged himself.

Rochelle Nishimoto charges the county with "deliberate indifference to Jason's serious medical needs that led to his death." The suit asks for compensation, according to proof revealed at trial.

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shirleyberan Aug. 11, 2016 @ 8:27 p.m.

Yes, never heard it put that way but definitely see deliberate indifference. Guilty. Need compassion where there is none.

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Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2016 @ 7:23 p.m.

shirleyberan: The trial will probably boil down to one question: did Tri-City lack compassion, or did it lack brains? Best, Don Bauder

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Lena99 Aug. 12, 2016 @ 9:30 p.m.

It should be absolutely illegal to incarcerate someone in a psychatric crises because of the symptoms of his disease. The Hospital should be held liable for knowingly releasing a psychphrenic in need of treeatment and colluding with law enforcement to deprive rhe patient of his roght to admittance and treatment. Taking a patient to jail because of the symptoms of his disease is insane. Police have deprived him of his civil right to care. This outrage exist because we have a private profit making prison system (shareholders win), because hospitals, medical and insurance companies save billions on care, Compassion has nothing to do with it. Psychizophrenics have the same right to hospital care as any heart attack victim on the sidewalk. It is a disease not a crime. Jails are NOT for pschizophrenics.

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Don Bauder Aug. 13, 2016 @ 12:48 p.m.

Lena99: Your point is well taken, especially in this case, when the hospital and the jail both allegedly knew of the patient's previous suicide attempts. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Aug. 15, 2016 @ 6:30 a.m.

Lena99: Our jail system is not a for profit privately owned prison system. The jail is operated by the Sheriffs Department. Also, there is no "right to care". There is no money and no political will to build facilities to house all the crazies. You can thank Reagan and the ACLU for closing most of the mental hospitals and dumping the crazies on the streets.

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AlexClarke Aug. 13, 2016 @ 9:35 a.m.

If you have a crazy suicide intent person don't call the cops because they can only put them in jail. The jail is no place for mentally ill people. It is too crowed and there can never be enough deputies to watch everyone all the time. Hospitals have little room for mentally ill people and can only hold them for 72 hours at best. There is no safety net for crazy people and few services available. Just witness the number of nut cases on the streets. We do not have the money or the political will to do anything about it. If left up to the conservatives only those who can afford it would have health care.

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Don Bauder Aug. 13, 2016 @ 12:50 p.m.

AlexClarke: Nationwide, the homeless crisis was caused by the defunding of institutions for the insane. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Aug. 14, 2016 @ 6:35 a.m.

Reagan and the ACLU teamed up to dump crazy people on the streets.

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Don Bauder Aug. 14, 2016 @ 6:53 a.m.

AlexClarke: I don't recall that the ACLU was involved in this matter.Best, Don Bauder

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eastlaker Aug. 14, 2016 @ 9:44 a.m.

I believe the ACLU did have something to do with it, because they argued that if an individual chose to be homeless, that was their right. There were a few lawsuits about that, but that's about all I remember.

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Don Bauder Aug. 14, 2016 @ 5:03 p.m.

eastlaker: It's possible the ACLU argued that people have a right to choose a homeless life. However, from what I know of the ACLU, I can't see it supporting Reagan's push to defund homes for the mentally ill. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Aug. 15, 2016 @ 6:32 a.m.

I don't think the ACLU was "with" Reagan but rather they argued that unless someone was a danger to themselves or others they could not be held thus they are on the streets but enjoying their civil rights.

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Don Bauder Aug. 16, 2016 @ 8:39 a.m.

AlexClarke: That sounds more like a possible ACLU position. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 14, 2016 @ 2:51 p.m.

Eastlaker: I guess someone will have to research the ACLU's alleged role. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 15, 2016 @ 7:22 a.m.

AlexClarke: I guess someone will have to look up the ACLU's role. Best, Don Bauder

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