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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER SUNDAY ONE DOLLAR Dying behind bars Suicide drugrelated deaths at Santa Fe County jail defy national trends By Julie Ann Grimm Photos by Natalie Guillen The New Mexican When their oldest son went to jail again last year Sammy and Patsy Roybal expected he would be transferred to a drugrehab program in a few weeks to finally get the help he needed Instead three months later Chris Roy bal died from a heroin overdose while behind bars Drug overdose happens at a party or at a friends house but not in said Sammy Roybal who admits hes still angry about his sons death Ifs my understanding that jail is there to serve and protect Chris Roybal was one of four people to die in the Santa Fe County jail this year Over the last five years county sheriffs records indicate nine inmates died while in custody The rate of inmate deaths in Santa Fe over that time is not substantially greater than the rate at similar faculties in the nation according to the Depart ment of Justice However the causes of death differ from national trends Santa Fe County loses proportionately more inmates to suicide and intoxi Please see DYING Page A7 Sammy Roybal and his wife Patsy remember their son Chris who died in February at the county jail Robert Ortiz a chaplain at the Santa Fe County jail speaks with an inmate whos in isolation When people are incarcerated they are either going to reach out for help or they could end up on medication in the hospital or worstcase scenario on suicide Ortiz says DEATHS AT THE COUNTY JAIL According to the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Depart ment nine people died at the county jail in the last five years OCTOBER Carole D Gutier rez 24 died in the booking unit Witnesses say she was withdrawing from heroin but the Office of the Medical Investigator has not deter mined the cause of The Espafiqla woman was jailed on an outstanding warrant and had a court order to be sent to drug treatment AUGUST The body of Chi mayo resident Michael Marti nez 39 was discovered hang ing from the light fixture in his cell in the medical ward At the time of his death the sheriff said Martinez was recovering from drugand alcoholwith drawal symptoms He was jailed on multiple charges including aggravated assault and battery possession of drug paraphernalia reckless driving and aggravated fleeing from an officer MAY A 62yearold man William Garrett of Hernandez died of a suspected heart attack Investigation records say his death was from natu ral causes He was jailed for failing to appear in court on a domesticviolence case FEBRUARY Chris Roybal 37 died after he allegedly over dosed on heroin Inmate state ments to police said Roybal frequently shot up in the jails dormitory cell Investigators found a syringe in a shoe near his body Tne Santa Fe man was jailed on a probation viola tion and was slated to be sent to Fort Stanton for treatment pursuing the death penalty for the inmates accused of attacking him MARCH Juan Ignacio San chez 22 used shoelaces to take his life Sanchez an Ojo Sarco resident had been jailed on charges he was connected with the slaying of a Los Ala mos man In a suicide note he admitted slitting the mans throat investigation Days earlier he had tried to kill himself by tying a blanket to an overhead sprinkler head at the jail JUNE Dickie Ortega 32 was beaten in a jail cell and died of those wounds at the hospital The Chimayo man had been jailed on charges of larceny auto theft receiving stolen property and drugrelated offenses Prosecutors are No deaths were reported JANUARY Tyson Johnson 27 who had been jailed on assault charges hanged himself in a booking cell triggering a federal Justice Department JULY Officials suspect San tiago Martinez 19 died of a heroin overdose while he was inside the jails segregation unit Martinez who was from Ojo Sarco was awaiting trial on heroinrelated drug charges at the time of his death DECEMBER Ricky Roybal 34 hanged himself with a bed sheet Roybal a Rio Arriba County resident was awaiting trial on murder charges SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS Jail using risk screening for suicide may try methadone treatment to curb drug use Page A6 Man shot outside southside grocery Three men held as victim undergoes surgery By Natalie Storey and Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Santa Fe police are holding three men in connection with a Saturday shooting that temporarily shut down a southside super market and left a 41yearold man hospital ized in critical condition Ramon Coriz stumbled into the busy Albertsons supermarket at 3001S St Fran cis Drive with gunshot wounds to his abdo men and left thigh shortly after 430 police said After Coriz was attacked in the stores parking lot three men who apparently fled in a red Pontiac Grand Am were later stopped on the highway north of Pojoaque Pueblos Cities of Gold Casino Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said As of late Saturday no charges had been filed against the cars occupants two from Espanola and a third from El Rito whose names were withheld by police Johnson said he couldnt comment on a possible motive for the shooting Police said Coriz had gone to the store to visit a female employee who others identi Please see SHOT Page A9 UNDERGROUND ECONOMY Guestworker plans echo old bracero program Millions of young Mexicans legally worked in halfcentwy ago By Felicia Fonseca and Sue Major Holmes The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE They were called braceros young men from Mexico who came to the United States for two decades to help this country with the necessary work of its farms and railroads The bracero pro gram conceived by the government brought the Mexi cans in as temporary workers mainly in agriculture to fill a labor shortage created by World War H The program continued for years afterward as growers regularly petitioned Congress to extend it INSIDE Government gets poor marks in deterring illegal hiring Page Hl Now more than 40 years later the bra cero program is being looked at again With estimates that as many as 12 million to 15 million illegal immigrants hold jobs in the United States today Congress is consider ing a complete overhaul of the immigration Please see BRACERO Page A8 MODEL CITIZEN Former president of New Mexico Highlands University honored for his work increasing the number of Hispanic students who have attended college Neighbors El n The 200S Empty Stockkig Fund Newly divorced mom needs help heating her familys home this winter PageC3 OBITUARIES Dolores Romero 73 Santa Fe Dec 1 PageC2 Robertson tops Lovington 2827 for first football title Sports Bl CARDINA DAVE BARRYS GIFT GUIDE Musical Funky Toilet Kiss Celebriducks lead off humorists annual holiday wishnot list Sunday inside REALESTATE SPOTLIGHT Get the latest news on the Northern New Mexico housing market Real Estate Guide inside TODAY Colder and breezy with clouds High 40 low12 PageC10 Index Annies A tocjlly owned and independent newspaper Horoscope Mutual D6 Police Time Main Late paper Classifieds News tips Eleven sections 212 pages 9840363 Sunday magazine 40 pages 9863000 156th year Issue No 338 9863030 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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