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Female Veteran Commits Suicide in Oklahoma County Jail

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“Gonzalez, 29, was found unresponsive in her cell about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Jail staff performed lifesaving measures before taking her to OU Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m. The state medical examiner’s office has not determined a cause of death, but jail officials say Gonzalez hanged herself.”

Krysten Mischelle Gonzalez waited for months in Oklahoma County jail while public defenders searched for a mental health treatment facility that would agree to accept her.

“A U.S. Army veteran, Gonzalez stated in court papers that she had been treated in the past for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. In November 2017, her Oklahoma County case was transferred to mental health court. As a part of that transfer, Gonzalez agreed to make regular appearances in mental health court. If she violated the terms of the agreement, Gonzalez would be subject to an automatic 10-year prison sentence.”

Public defender Bob Ravitz said the jail is not an appropriate place for inmates like Gonzalez. Gonzalez should have been housed in the jail’s mental health ward rather than in general population.

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