For Immediate Release:  August 1, 2013

Contact:  Sheriff George T. Maier, 330-430-3887

"INMATE SUICIDE INVESTIGATION FOLLOW-UP"

On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Stark Conty Jail inmate Nicholas G. Christmas of Canton, Ohio committed suicide while in custody at the Stark County Jail.

Following the in custody death, the Stark County Sheriff's Office conducted a complete and thorough investigation to determine if jail policies and procedures had been properly administered during the time leading up to and including his death. In addition, Sheriff Maier requested an independent review by the Lorain County Sheriff's Office of the sheriff's operational policies as they related to the incident

After a complete and thorough investigation regarding the incarceration of Mr. Christmas and an independent review of all policies and procedures of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, as well as the policies and procedures of the Correctional Health Care Group, it is clear that sheriff employees operations and those of the Correctional Health Care Group were in compliance with all procedures.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office employee's and the Correctional Health Care Group employee's interactions in the incarceration and detention of Mr.Christmas were consistent with the policies and procedures under which the facility is designed to operate. Every emergency effort was made in an attempt to save Mr.Christmas's life and unfortunately they were unsuccessful.