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Public Defender Seeks Investigation After Two Jail Deaths

Sun Sentinel

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein is calling for an investigation after two inmates were found dead and a third mutilated himself at the Broward Main Jail, reports the Sun Sentinel.

“I hereby demand that you immediately investigate the high number and frequency of deaths within the jails,” Finkelstein wrote in a letter Tuesday to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, whose office runs the jail.

Finkelstein cited the deaths of Craig Fahner, 41, and Joseph St. Fleur, 47, and the injury of a third defendant, whose name he did not use. He also referred to the recent case of another inmate who was “ignored and forced to give birth alone in her cell without any medical attention.”