State: Jailers Failed To Properly Monitor Inmate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections says Ramsey County jailers failed to properly monitor an inmate who strangled himself while in custody.

Fifty-five-year-old Patrick McHugh was accused of killing his sister, brother-in-law and niece July 16 at their St. Paul home. He killed himself Aug. 20 in his Ramsey County Jail cell.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the DOC’s review of jail standards concluded jailers failed to check on McHugh every 30 minutes as required by state law.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department did not comment on the DOC’s review.

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  • Duex

    Guess that will save us taxpayers some money, how is that bad?

  • Billy

    Good job jailers.

  • Rick

    Thats such a hard job; I hope that the authorities cut the jailers some slack here.

  • Randall Cheuvront

    does anyone really care that this guy offed himself? deep down i think the average tax payer and victim wished it happened more often.

  • John

    If this is what happens if they skip checking on them every 30 minutes I think they should change the policy to never check on them !!!!

  • Jay

    When a person decides theyre going to off themselves,it is their choice! Jailers run the beat several times a day to check on each ones safety. If one is determined to do the act, hell find the right time or method to complete the job, no matter how many times jailers check. A good share of these guys tell loved ones, but arent taken seriously,that could prevent such instances, if only they provided the jailers with the information.


    Correctional Officers have 8 hours to monitor those inmates. Those inmates have TWENTY FOUR hours to STUDY correctional officers. (not Jailers). And the DOC should have nothing to say about this case. Why don’t we ever hear about inmates in prison stabbings, rapping, and killing each other?? OH, I “suppose” those types of things don’t happen in prison…. Right??

  • tommy

    yay! we saved some more money. Keep up the good work.

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