Macomb County Sheriff addresses recent Jail Suicides

MT. CLEMENS, MI – The Macomb County Jail has experienced three inmate suicides in the past three months. All of these incidents were unforeseen and are being investigated.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, suicide was the leading cause of death in local jails in 2013 (34% of all jail deaths) and has been the leading cause of death in local jails each year since 2000. Statistically, The Macomb County Jail has had 4 suicides in the last 4 years; 0 in 2014, 1 in 2015, 0 in 2016, and 3 in 2017.

Upon entering the Macomb County Jail, inmates are screened by medical staff who determine physical and mental health issues according to the information provided by the inmate. These outcomes along with other factors determine the inmate’s housing placement. The Macomb County Jail follows all protocols set forth by the state including inmate well-being checks and counts. In the general population, these checks are made every 50 minutes by the Corrections Deputies. Inmates are most often housed with another inmate of the same classification who also alert Corrections Deputies to any medical issues or other emergencies. If there are concerns, these checks are made more frequently.

On 5-6-17, a white female, 28, committed suicide by hanging. She entered the Macomb County Jail on 3-31-17 on charges out of St. Clair Shores; Solicitation of Murder, Tampering with Electronic Monitor Device, and Contempt of court.

On 7-22-17, a white male, 49, committed suicide by hanging. He entered the Macomb County Jail on 7-13-17 on charges out of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office; Operating While Intoxicated III, Fail to Stop After Collision, and Operating While License Revoked/Denied.

On 7/26/17, a white male, 34, committed suicide by hanging. He entered the Macomb County Jail on 7-10-17 on charges out of Clinton Township; Criminal Sexual Conduct II, and Roseville; Controlled Substance – Possession Greater Than 25 Grams.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham states, “Due to the recent events, inmate checks and counts are being conducted every 30 minutes by Corrections Deputies which is above and beyond what is mandated by law. We regret to inform our community that these events have occurred and are doing everything we can to prevent future incidents.”