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Crow Wing County Jail deaths since 2000

Since 2000, there were four inmate deaths, three suicides by hanging and one meth overdose, which is not listed by the Department of Corrections (DOC) as a suicide.

■ In March of 2002, a 24-year-old inmate, Mathew Hines, was found hanging in a shower room by the drawstring of his pants. He was put in the shower room because the holding cell was full. Hines reportedly threatened suicide before he was taken into custody as indicated in the initial criminal complaint. Hines was unresponsive when a corrections officer found him. He was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital but died a day later.

■ In August of 2002, inmate David Broderick died from a meth overdose. He was found unresponsive in his holding cell. Broderick’s death was classified by the Department of Corrections (DOC) as “other,” not as suicide. The coroner determined Broderick died from the overdose. He reportedly swallowed a large quantity of methamphetamine as he was arrested by Crosby police.

■ On Nov. 17, 2008, a 42-year-old inmate, Kyle Peterson, was found unresponsive by jail staffers and his death ruled a suicide by hanging.

■ In 2009, a 30-year-old jail inmate attempted suicide by slashing his wrists after he was given a razor to shave. The man was treated at the hospital in Brainerd, received stitches and returned to the jail.

■ On June 8, 2010, an inmate Scott Pierce, died at the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest.

■ On Aug. 11, 2013, inmate Jason Miller attempted suicide by hanging using a torn bed sheet. He died four days later. His death is identified as “death while in a hospital” in the DOC database.

In the event of a death, the DOC evaluates it and how it relates to the administrative rules related to jails to determine if there were any rule violations during the person’s incarceration.

No rule violations were found in the above deaths.

The last DOC inspection of the Crow Wing County Jail was completed June 27, 2012, with the next inspection due before July 1, 2014.

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