CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland judge says he’ll no longer send people charged with non-violent crimes to the county jail after six inmates died in four months.
Cleveland Municipal Judge Michael Nelson says he’s trying to meet with officials at Cuyahoga County Jail to figure out why so many inmates have died.
Nelson tells Cleveland.com he’s not comfortable setting bonds for people charged with crimes other than violent crimes. Nelson says he’ll set personal bonds instead, allowing defendants to leave without posting bonds.
Cleveland.com said Wednesday that medical examiner records show no more than two Cuyahoga County Jail inmates have died in one year in the last decade.
A county spokeswoman declined to release details to Cleveland.com about the latest inmate death.