Inmate Hangs Self 4 Days Before Sentence Ends

Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigating suicide at Dublin jail.


Here's information provided by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office:

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, deputies responded to a cell in Santa Rita Jail where inmate Dennis Jimenez, aged 54, was attempting to hang himself.

Deputies entered the cell where Jimenez was the only occupant and cut him from a homemade noose fashioned from a bed sheet. The sheet was attached to the upper bunk of the cell, and Jimenez used his own body weight to cut off the blood flow to his brain.

Santa Rita staff began lifesaving measures at the jail and Jimenez was transported by ambulance to Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton where he was pronounced dead.

Jimenez had been in custody at Santa Rita Jail since March 11, 2012 when he was arrested by the Oakland Police Department for DUI, theft and drug charges.

Jimenez was released on the DUI and theft charges, but remained in jail to serve his sentence on the drug charge. He was due to be released on September 5, 2012.

Per protocol, Sheriff’s detectives from the Eden Township Substation arrived to investigate the scene, as well as Coroner’s Investigators.

Thomas Clarke September 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
And the point of this story was what?
Ken Briggs September 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
so where was he going to go after he got out ? where did he lived at before he went to jail ? maybe he got tired of the life he was living . the courts failed to see that he got off of the drug s ,so whoes got his body now ? does the county got to take care of the body ?
123elle September 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
How very lost and despairing he must have felt. Merely punishing drug abusers does not address the reasons that they took drugs in the first place; that they needed drugs so badly that they broke the law and damaged their whole lives. Often severe anxiety and other emotional distress makes life nearly unbearable for these people. It's very sad that in our harsh meritocracy, these unfortunate people are scorned, thrown away and left behind like rubbish.
Asiah September 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
So true@123elle, our society will stay this way until its realized, that within every drug abuser, the underlying issues are mental illness/wellness, ranging in many diseases from depression to drug induced psychosis. These behaviors are clearly displayed through their decisions and actions while on these drugs, and more so amplified when the withdrawal stages are in effect. Give these people the real help they need by having more qualified mental health workers whom dont carry a boatload of baggage and addictions themselves!


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