Stop avoidable deaths of inmates at Hudson County Correctional Facility

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On June 8, 2017, Rolando Meza Espinoza, an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee at Hudson County Correctional Facility (HCCF), couldn’t get out of bed. He was transferred to Jersey City Medical Center where he died two days later. His family was never notified of his hospitalization or death.

On July 14, 2017, Jennifer Towle of Union City died in the medical unit of the jail. She reportedly suffered a head injury and was found to have pieces of plastic in her stomach. HCCF officials have refused to share any details beyond confirming her death.

The HCCF has been notorious for providing substandard medical care for years. In May 2016, a federal complaint was filed with the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of several former ICE detainees alleging poor medical care. Our elected officials have been aware of this problem for long enough and have clearly demonstrated a failure of leadership in responding to this problem.

We the undersigned demand answers. It is the 8th amendment right of all prisoners to receive adequate medical care while they are in custody. We will not allow our tax dollars to support a jail administration that does not protect the health and well-being of everyone incarcerated at HCCF, and we will hold the county executive and freeholders accountable if they fail to make changes at the jail.



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