A pre-trial detainee on a suicide watch lies in a cell at the Vanderburgh County jail in Evansville on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Since 2010, an average of one detainee has died in an Indiana county jail every two weeks. Many of these people are pre-trial detainees, who have not had their day in court on a variety of charges ranging from felonies to misdemeanors like public intoxication. Suicides play their part, as do homicides, drug and alcohol related issues, and natural causes. But, the problem is growing, and cases of death after neglect by corrections officers are not insignificant.