MO sees improve in prisoner deaths in 2022, together with KC man

MO sees improve in prisoner deaths in 2022, together with KC man

Antonio Jackson, 38, was found unresponsive on Monday at a prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He was the third prisoner to die in eight days at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.

Antonio Jackson, 38, was discovered unresponsive on Monday at a jail in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He was the third prisoner to die in eight days at Jap Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Middle.

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The Missouri Division of Corrections has seen a 25% improve in prisoner deaths this 12 months, together with the demise final Monday of a Kansas Metropolis man who leaves behind two teenage youngsters.

Antonio C. Jackson, 38, was discovered unresponsive on Oct. 17 at Jap Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Middle. His brother Rosco Robinson stated he was advised Jackson died of a drug overdose, however an post-mortem is pending.

The 38 12 months outdated was one in every of three individuals to die on the jail in Bonne Terre in eight days, in keeping with corrections knowledge.

As of Oct. 17, 107 prisoners have died in Missouri prisons, a 25% improve in comparison with the identical time final 12 months. It’s additionally greater than the overall variety of annual deaths in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

In 2020, amid main COVID outbreaks, a complete of 129 individuals died. This 12 months is on tempo to exceed 2020’s charge.

Medicine moving into jail

Jackson was convicted in 2014 in Jackson County of theft, armed legal motion and kidnapping, and sentenced to twenty years.

Robinson stated his older brother by three years had made errors. However he “actually cared about his youngsters” and was “attempting to be one of the best dad that he could possibly be from behind bars,” Robinson stated. Jackson’s youngsters are 15 and 16 years outdated.

Jackson moved to Kansas Metropolis from Chicago when he was about 10 years outdated. He had a tough childhood, Robinson stated, particularly after their mom died.

Robinson stated Jackson earned his GED and beloved all sports activities, however basketball specifically.

He suffered extra losses after his father and grandmother died.

Robinson questions how medication are moving into Missouri prisons, particularly since prisoners now not obtain bodily mail.

On July 1, the division started routing letters to a mail heart in Tampa, Florida, the place it’s scanned after which despatched electronically to prisoners.

“I need the individuals who work there to be held accountable for letting medication in,” Robinson stated.

“There’s no means that anyone in jail ought to have the ability to purchase any medication or get any medication in there.”

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Antonio Jackson, 38, died Monday at Jap Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Middle. He was from Kansas Metropolis and leaves behind two teenage youngsters. Submitted

Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann stated the division is “all the time involved about medication.”

Medicine can get into services by means of guests, distributors, attorneys and corrections workers, amongst different conditions.

“It may even be dropped right into a facility by drones or catapults,” Pojmann stated.

“Anecdotally, many corrections professionals would say guests are the first supply of contraband, however we actually don’t know what the first supply is as a result of typically medication aren’t discovered till they’re already inside the power, at which level it may be tough to hint the origins.”

Pojmann added that the division doesn’t have all of the post-mortem stories from deaths this 12 months to allow them to’t draw conclusions about latest deaths.

Lori Curry, founding father of the advocacy group Missouri Jail Reform, stated the rise in deaths is “terrifying for these of us who’ve family members in jail.” She stated some medication are coming in by means of corrections officers, who must be searched extra totally and paid higher in order that they don’t resort to promoting contraband.

This story was initially printed October 24, 2022 1:31 PM.

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Katie Moore began with The Star in 2019 and is a breaking information/enterprise reporter. She is a College of Kansas graduate and commenced her profession as a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.

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