York County Prison Warden Mary Sabol on Tuesday discussed the recent suicide of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee.
Here are some key things Sabol told prison board members about the inmate and suicide monitoring:
–The person who committed suicide was not on suicide watch, Sabol said.
“She did not meet the criteria,” Sabol said. “She was in the facility for quite some time. She had been at one time on suicide watch.”
–Sabol said the first step of the ICE investigation into the death is complete.
“They said the medical care was absolutely what it needed to be,” Sabol said. “We don’t have an official report. But that was communicated to us.”
–She said the 2008 ICE standards require that any ICE detainee on suicide watch be watched constantly, 24-hours a day.
“That is excessive. That is above the national suicide watch policies,” Sabol said.
Sabol said the 2011 standards, which the county doesn’t have to meet yet, say that they need to be on constant watch until they see a mental health provider.
She said the county applied for a waiver from the 2008 standards, so that it could follow the 2011 standards.
“What I believe is they even figured out those standards were too stringent,” Sabol said.
For now, the county is following the 2008 standards, she said.
“We’ve been inspected under the 2008 standards twice, and there was never any issue with our suicide policy,” she said.
After the meeting, Sabol declined to provide additional information about the detainee, referring questions to ICE.