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Old 01-06-2017, 02:15 PM
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I am terribly disturbed by this. Please tell me this is not the norm. How could this happen?

A story was aired by First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday but I can't post the link because I have not posted 25 times. And I can't paste the story due to copyright laws.

Basically the story goes that the inmate's sister got worried after a tip and called the prison to see if all was ok on New Year's Eve.

Nothing.

Family looked his status up on FDOC website and found out, online that he was "deceased".

Long story short ...

Turns out he had passed 11 days before the New Years' Eve phone call.

FDOC says they did not notify the family because the emergency contact info was out of date.

May God Bless and keep this family.
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I am terribly disturbed by this. Please tell me this is not the norm. How could this happen?

A story was aired by First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday but I can't post the link because I have not posted 25 times. And I can't paste the story due to copyright laws.

Basically the story goes that the inmate's sister got worried after a tip and called the prison to see if all was ok on New Year's Eve.

Nothing.

Family looked his status up on FDOC website and found out, online that he was "deceased".




Long story short ...

Turns out he had passed 11 days before the New Years' Eve phone call.

FDOC says they did not notify the family because the emergency contact info was out of date.

May God Bless and keep this family.
Horrible. Simply inhumane and horrible. It seems when you go to prison you are treated like garbage. Everything is stripped from you- your dignity, self worth and obviously your freedom. Shame on them not trying to locate someone to tell them immediately. They should be reprimanded. But I am sure they won't. I am a newbie but there has to be a human rights group for prisoners. This should be reported.
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Here's the link
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/l...rted/382496676

Florida inmate had died 11 days before his family was alerted
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Unfortunately, it is all too common for family to not be notified when they're supposed to be. My dad was sent to the hospital after he collapsed. Oregon DOC *should* have notified me within 72 hours. Instead, my dad called me using one of the guard's cell phones 6 days later. The day my Dad died, a friend of mine had finally located her father-in-laws remains after 3 months of trying to find him/his remains through FBoP.

I had the "luxury" of knowing my Dad was dying, so I could keep my fingers in the process. Sudden deaths are much more difficult.
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Unfortunately, it is all too common for family to not be notified when they're supposed to be. My dad was sent to the hospital after he collapsed. Oregon DOC *should* have notified me within 72 hours. Instead, my dad called me using one of the guard's cell phones 6 days later. The day my Dad died, a friend of mine had finally located her father-in-laws remains after 3 months of trying to find him/his remains through FBoP.

I had the "luxury" of knowing my Dad was dying, so I could keep my fingers in the process. Sudden deaths are much more difficult.
Sorry for your loss. If I have learned anything through the horror of having someone in jail is that there is no use in fighting a system that controls everything. Maddening is an understatement to how everything is done. May
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Contacts are made based upon the information supplied by the offender. The agencies don't have the resources to play skip-tracer. Obviously the fact that this was over the holidays complicated matters, but even when A family member has been contacting the facility staff in some manner, it does not mean the agency was authorized to even consider them as a primary point of contact IF the number was even easily accessible.
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Contacts are made based upon the information supplied by the offender. The agencies don't have the resources to play skip-tracer. Obviously the fact that this was over the holidays complicated matters, but even when A family member has been contacting the facility staff in some manner, it does not mean the agency was authorized to even consider them as a primary point of contact IF the number was even easily accessible.
Thank you, that makes so much more sense. Still, it is very unfortunate that this happened.
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Thank you, that makes so much more sense. Still, it is very unfortunate that this happened.
I agree that it was unfortunate...
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It's definitely sad....

It's kind of like when a car crash or even a crime happens and the news can't release the victim's name until immediate family is notified. In this case they had no one on file to notify since the information was out of date. They can't release the information to a person who calls; simply because they can't verify who the person is - and even if they could, as noted, they wouldn't have the authorization to release such information to that person. As sad as it is, they were following procedures on this one.
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I started a comment, but feel it is safer, just to shake my head. I am so sorry for the family.
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