Inmate Survives Hanging Attempt in North-Central Idaho Jail

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The Idaho State Police have been called in to investigate a Sunday incident in which an inmate was found hanging from his bunk at the Nez Perce County Jail. The inmate was rushed to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, where he is still alive in the intensive care unit.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that sheriff's deputies discovered the inmate in the early morning hours of Dec. 14 while making a routine safety check in the jail's C block, a medium security wing. Safety checks are supposed to be conducted every 30 minutes.

Jail staff said the inmate had a light pulse, and two detention deputies started CPR and continued until medics arrived on the scene. 

The incident is under investigation by the ISP and the sheriff's office.

“This is not only a difficult situation for the inmate’s family, it is also very hard for our staff; our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” said Nez Perce County Sheriff Joe Rodriguez in a statement.