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December 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

DOC inmate may have been dead in cell for 37 hours

JAMISON JERRY

Jerry Jamison
Courtesy of Washington Department of Corrections

MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

It may have taken prison officers more than 37 hours to discover a Washington state inmate was dead in his cell, despite routine checks, according to records.

An incident summary obtained by The Associated Press under public records laws found no evidence that Jerry Levain Jamison had moved around his cell at Monroe Correctional Complex after he returned from the prison chapel on the night of Sept. 19 and turned off his television.

The next day, an officer placed mail on Jamison’s legs and staff members reported conducting regular inmate counts.

However, it wasn’t until the middle of the day on Sept. 21 that officials determined that Jamison was dead, his body cold and rigid. He died from a heart condition.

Robert Herzog, superintendent of the correctional facility, said Monday it appeared that a unique combination of circumstances had led to Jamison being in the cell for so long.

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