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Families of inmates who died, hurt at jail seek answers

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at the Gallia County Jail in Ohio during the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones.

Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show evidence of uneven care and an overwhelmed staff.

Sherry Russell, whose son killed himself at the jail in September, has become an advocate for change at the small jail near the tip of southern Ohio. She says she wants to ensure that her son “didn’t die in vain.”

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin didn’t respond to numerous requests for comment about the families’ concerns.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has or is examining three deaths at the jail since December.

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