- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says no jail employees face discipline in the December asthmatic death of an inmate in Little Rock.

The sheriff’s office changed its policy this month on inhalers after jail records showed an inhaler had been confiscated from Sharon Alexander, who suffered a fatal asthma attack after being booked into the jail on a robbery charge.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2oTnzfi ) reports an investigation found no criminal wrongdoing in Alexander’s death.

The old policy instructed deputies to confiscate an inmate’s inhaler and examine it for contraband within 24 hours. Inhalers weren’t returned until a prescription was verified.

The jail’s new policy instructs deputies to immediately inspect an inmate’s inhaler and return the device if no contraband is found. The policy allows a prescription to be verified later.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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