Authorities say an inmate who is currently being detained at the Martinez Jail has attempted suicide. A spokesperson for the jails have not said how the 24 year-old detainee attempted to take his life. His name and nature of the crime he has been accused and/or convicted of have not been made public.
Jail staff said the man was reportedly found unresponsive in his cell earlier last week. Lifesaving techniques were administered by jail medical staff. Those efforts continued until paramedics arrived. The inmate was then taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The Martinez Jail, also known as the Martinez Detention Facility first opened in 1981. Sheriff’s officials said it has since become a model for future detention center construction. They also note that experts from all over the world have traveled to Contra Costa County to tour and study it. The jail employes both civilian and sworn staff. Bail bonds can be posted here 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
The Martinez Jail houses both sentenced and pre-trial inmates. It is run with a non-barrier approach in terms of correctional facility design. Visiting hours are available on weekends for those who wish to schedule time with friends or family members who are being detained here.