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22 January 2018

UPDATE: Cynthia Acosta Died In Hudson County Jail In Kearny Following Tragic Suicide; Inmate Death Remains Under Investigation

 

Inmate Critically Injured After Hanging: Cynthia Acosta Died In Hudson County Jail In Kearny Following Tragic Suicide; Inmate Death Remains Under Investigation

Inmate Cynthia Acosta Tragically Died Two Days After Suicide Attempt From Hanging At Hudson County Jail

KEARNY, NEW JERSEY (January 22, 2018) – A 34-year-old woman has tragically died two days after she attempted to commit suicide at the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Kearny prison officials have been able to identify the woman and inmate that died as  Cynthia Acosta.

Cynthia Acosta was found hanging in her cell and was taken down by jail officials. She was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center in critical condition.

Tragically, she died two days later from her injuries. This is the fourth inmate to die at the Hudson County Jail since June.

An investigation into the woman’s death remains ongoing at this time.

LIABILITY IN INMATE DEATHS DUE TO SUICIDE

Generally speaking, the cities that run prisons have a responsibility to make sure the the the prisons are reasonably safe for inmates and staff. When jail officials fail to provide a reasonably safe environment for inmates and this leads to an injury or death, the jail may be liable. This includes giving proper care to jail inmates who are known to have suicidal ideations. In particular, jail officials should not be deliberately indifferent towards the possibility of inmate suicide. In Woodward v. Corr. Med. Servs of Ill, Inc., the court found that when a jail is aware of an inmate’s inclination towards suicide and nonetheless puts them in a room with objects that could be used to hang them-self this would allow a jury to find deliberate indifference. A family that loses a loved one in an inmate suicide may be able to file a claim for damages if jail officials were deliberately indifferent.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic death of of Cynthia Acosta. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of the victim as they grieve such an incredible loss. Every human life is precious and should be treated as such by prison officials. Unfortunately, inmate neglect is an all to common occurrence. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of the prison officials that were supposed to be watching her. This can’t keep happening. This is the fourth death at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in just a few months. This jail needs to take better care of their inmates and be held accountable where they have fallen short.

If someone that you love has died at a jail due to suicide, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.