Case No. No. 83-Z-222, United States District Court, District of Colorado
ACLU Case No. 2003-06
After Vincent Garcia committed suicide in the El Paso County Jail in 1983, his family filed a wrongful death and civil rights action against the sheriff and the Board of County Commissioners. When the case was resolved in 1985, Judge Zita Weinshienk entered a consent judgment that requires the El Paso County Sheriff to adopt certain measures designed to reduce the risk of similar suicides in the future. The measures include improvement of certain physical facilities, additional training of deputies, improved intake and screening procedures, and creation of a separate ward for prisoners with serious mental health needs.
David Fathi , ACLU National Prison Project
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director
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