Detectives are investigating an Adult-In-Custody (AIC) death that occurred last Thursday at the Jackson County Jail. The preliminary investigation indicates that the AIC died of an apparent suicide.
On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 11:40 p.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Corrections deputy was conducting a routine check of the cells when he found an AIC in distress. Deputies began life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services. The AIC was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased early Friday morning at 12:38 a.m.
The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated, which is standard procedure with in-custody deaths at the Jail. Oregon State Police is the lead agency on this case. Out of respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, the AIC’s name will not be released by JCSO.
Authorities say there is no further information available for release at this time.
Mental health services are available to AICs in the jail, as well as locally for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The Jackson County Mental Health 24-hour crisis hotline number is (541) 774-8201. Walk-in mental health services are also available at 140 S. Holly Street, Medford (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5 pm). The number to the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is 988.