Grand jury says 15 preventable deaths at OC County jails

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A grand jury report says 15 deaths at Orange County jails might have been prevented if authorities had recognized that the inmates had physical or mental health problems but the Sheriff’s Department says the report is flawed.

City News Service says Monday’s report estimated that 44 percent of in-custody deaths could have been avoided if there hadn’t been delays in treatment and failures to identify risks.

The grand jury looked at deaths from 2014 to 2017. It began investigating after a car thief was killed after being placed in a cell with a man charged with killing two homeless people.

The Sheriff’s Department says the report doesn’t take into account jail security requirements and says more inmates are coming into jails with drug and other chronic health problems.

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