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Second inmate dies in Linn County Correctional Center just hours after being booked

UPDATE: The inmate has been identified as 59-year-old Jacqueline Marie Bridges of Cedar Rapids.

Bridges was arrested earlier that morning on the charges of Theft 1st Degree, Money Laundering, and Financial Exploitation of a Dependent Adult, with a total bond of $20,000.

Initial investigation shows that Bridges apparently suffered from some type of medical episode, which led to her death.

The exact cause of her death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner after her autopsy is completed.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Five hours after arriving at the Linn County Correctional Center, a female inmate was found unconscious and unresponsive Saturday afternoon.

According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the inmate was taken into custody at 10:19 a.m. Saturday. She was found in her cell, not breathing and without a pulse, around 3:19 p.m.

The release reads deputies, jail staff and paramedics provided CPR and used an AED on the inmate before taking her to Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. She was pronounced dead shortly after she got there.

In a statement Saturday evening, the Sheriff's Office said the guards last check on the inmate was around 2:35 p.m. She was found unresponsive some 40 minutes later by a correctional officer who went to her cell to begin the discharge process after her family bonded her out.

Officials did not release her name on Saturday night because they had not notified family members yet.

This is the second incident in a month where an inmate has died just hours after being booked into the facility. The other incident happened October 7. A 40-year-old Marion man died just six hours after being taken into the Linn County Correctional Center.

Sheriff's Office Investigators have been reviewing the Correctional Center video. Investigators said it did not offer any answers about what caused the medical episode.

The County Medical Examiner has ordered an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Sheriff's officials said they reported the inmate's death to the State Jail Inspector. The investigation is ongoing.

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