Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Sheriff's Office

Deputies Intervene on Suicide Attempt

August 15, 2009
Lt. Brian Hayes Phone:(608) 284-6155
Sheriff's Office

Madison, WI.  August 15, 2009 – On Saturday, August 15, 2009, at approximately 3:15 p.m.  Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies working in the Dane County Jail, City-County Building were able to intervene on a suicide attempt by an inmate. 

While viewing the camera monitoring system in the jail, a deputy witnessed an inmate hanging in a cell by a sheet.  Deputies immediately responded to the cell. Medical Staff immediately evaluated the man.  The inmate was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.  The inmate later returned to the jail. He was placed in an area of the jail where he can be more closely monitored. 

The 29-year-old man, from Madison, is being held in the Dane County Jail awaiting trial on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Use of a Telephone, Resisting, and Bail Jumping. 

In 2008, the Dane County Jail added 71 cameras to the Dane County Jail, City-County Building along with updating the video monitoring system.  This system was instrumental in deputies being alerted to and preventing this suicide attempt.