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A Cell Became His Cemetery

A Cell Became His Cemetery

Shoichet, Catherine E. “A Cell Became His Cemetery.” CNN, August 2018.

Jeancarlo Alfonso Jimenez Joseph, age 27, was one of more than two dozen people in solitary at the Stewart Detention Center, a hulking complex just outside Lumpkin, Georgia, that can house nearly 2,000 immigrants. Jimenez died by suicide after 18 days in solitary confinement, making him the fourth person to die in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in 2017 and the 170th since the agency began in 2003. Jimenez was immediately identified as a suicide risk upon his arrival and booking, and had a documented history of schizophrenia, suicidal ideation, and multiple involuntary commitments. Still, officials repeatedly subjected him to solitary confinement and denied him access to necessary mental health treatment and intervention, Jimenez’s family alleges in a lawsuit. This article by CNN details his story.

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Keywords: restrictive housing, segregated housing, segregation, vulnerable populations, mental illness, isolation, solitary confinement, mental health, segregated housing, immigration, immigrant