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In September of 2019, three people in the Shasta County Jail died within a two-week span. Does... more »
posted 03/25/20

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This story is produced as part of a larger project by Matthew Brannon, a participant in the 2020 California Fellowship.
A lawsuit filed in federal court accuses Shasta County Jail deputies of repeatedly beating a man in custody, causing his death, and then covering it up.
In recent years, the jail has also seen the number of deaths in custody tick upward. Most of those deaths are suicides, a category of deaths some jail experts have deemed “mostly preventable.”