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Terminally ill Santa Rita Jail inmate dies

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A 66-year-old inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who was suffering from a terminal illness died at a hospital a short time after he was found unresponsive at a jail medical facility, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The inmate, a homeless man from Oakland who had been arrested on a parole violation by Oakland police on Sept. 29, was assigned to Santa Rita’s Outpatient Housing Unit, where he was being monitored for his condition, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

The inmate was transported to the hospital, where he died a short time later.

Kelly said Oakland police arrested the man because he had violated his parole on a kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic violence case. The inmate also was out of compliance with his mandatory sex registration. Authorities aren’t releasing the man’s name at this time because his next of kin haven’t yet been notified of his death.
Kelly said no foul play or suspicious activity is suspected in the inmate’s death.

Kelly said that per Alameda County protocol, sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene and the Alameda County District Attorney and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors were notified.

He said the California Department of Justice also will also be notified of the inmate’s death.

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