Investigation ordered into inmate death

From: Nevada Appeal:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Northern Nevada Correctional Center over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Director of Corrections Howard Skolnik said inmate Jamie Kline’s death while he was in the prison Regional Medical Center is under investigation.

Skolnik said Kline habitually refused to take his psychotropic medicines which meant the medical staff had to make him take them.

“We had an individual who we have repeatedly had to give forced meds,” Skolnik said. “Apparently the last time we forced his meds, he died.”

He said the preliminary autopsy showed no bruising on the inmate’s body. He said a full autopsy including chemical testing will be conducted to determine the cause of death along with an investigation of the circumstances that led to his death.

Kline, 45, was serving a maximum 15 year sentence for a burglary and grand larceny conviction. He arrived at the prison in May 2007.

Note: what would an investigation done by the prison officials themselves be worth?

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