Another Marion County Jail inmate, Joshua Bellamy, was found dead in his cell at the Marion County Jail yesterday afternoon. The death is now being investigated as an apparent suicide. According to Sheriff John Layton, inmate jail deaths reached ‘epidemic proportions’ in 2015 with 3 inmate suicides, and 2016 is proving to be an even worse year for inmates with 4 probable suicides thus far. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has appointed a task force to study the jail and present its findings in December 2016. However, Hogsett’s 2017 public safety budget proposal did not earmark any funds for a new jail. Instead, the 2017 budget sets aside funds to pay other counties to handle overflow. Sheriff Layton has said a new jail is needed.
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In this installment, we return to the question of when a hospital may be held responsible for the acts of independent contractors. We also examine whether a treble-damages clause is an unenforceable penalty provision, whether a basketball coach is subject to the same standard as players for injuries during practice, and briefly examine the derivative jurisdiction doctrine in the context of the Federal Officer Removal Statute.