Blogger Comments: It appears that many inmates suffer from mental illness or depression. Something is driving the inmate to commit suicide. Sheriffs are responsible for the inmates in their care as well as monitoring and assessing inmates for mental conditions.
Sheriffs should work alongside their in-house medical team and should know their inmates. Sheriffs need only assign the correctional officers to develop plans since they are the ones who oversee the inmates. They need to report their concerns and take action with the in-house medical staff. The way it was in the MCSO prior to Sheriff Puckett is that the "doctor" only spent approximately 5 - 7 minutes assessing the mentally ill inmates and if we are not mistaken some of those were done online.
No doctor can assess the mental stability of inmates or patients in general in that timeframe. There is a lot of blame to go around but the buck stops at the doors of the one housing the inmate at the time of death.