BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Another suicide at the Erie County Holding Center has inmatesrights groups calling for major changes at the lock up.
Daniel Nye, 26, was the father of two young boys and an AirForce veteran, who was found hanging in his cell in the Erie CountyHolding Center on Saturday. A Buffalo News report quotes a jailstaffer who said shoelaces were tied to a bar on his cell window.Calls are intensifying for changes in the system.
"Maybe there should be more cameras. Maybe there should be moreemployees, or maybe there should be better trained employees tomake sure that incidents like this don't happen," said Karima Amin,of Prisoners are People Too.
Tuesday morning, a spokesman for Erie County Executive ChrisCollins said, "It is the state that sets the policy for how localjails are to be run. We follow what New York State says we have todo and should do to reduce suicides."
There have been nine suicides by hanging at the Holding Centersince 2003, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which, alongwith the State is suing Erie County over jail conditions.
Daniel Nye's housemate, Adam Kleinhammer, who has also been inthe Holding Center, told me what he once witnessed.
Daniel Nye's housemate Adam Kleinhammer said, "There was a guyin cell two doors down from me complaining he was sick for threedays. Three days later they found him sick in his cell, dead fromnatural causes, I don't know. But he was complaining he was sickand needed to see a doctor. Nothing happened. Guy wound updead."
Erie County is not allowing investigators into the HoldingCenter and is fighting the lawsuits.
Due to a growing concern about the health and safety conditionsat the Holding Center, the U.S. Justice Department has alreadyasked the courts to move quickly, to allow investigators into thejail. There are federal and state lawsuits filed over jailconditions. Erie County is fighting those lawsuits.
We expect to hear from County Attorney Cheryl Green laterTuesday.
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