“This is never seen. Usually you see videos of excessive force … It’s just very professional. The public never sees this.’ — Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux, describing video footage of officers ending standoff without injuries
In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.
“I could let them trash the place,” said Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux. The main objective, he said, was to “not have someone get hurt — inmate or officer.”
One inmate suffered a minor cut, perhaps from slipping and falling, but otherwise no inmates or correctional officers were injured, as authorities took control of the units with a show of force — but without using force, said Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux.
In more than five-and-a-half hours of recordings cut into short segments, the video provides glimpses of what happened inside and just outside the center after the initial disturbance.
New report lists 24 recommendations to improve suicide prevention, including more privacy during inmates’ first screening; getting nurses involved in screening at Ash Street; and more suicide prevention training.
Sheriff Paul Heroux is consulting Lindsay M. Hayes, one of the country’s foremost authorities on jail and prison suicide who has been studying federal, state and local correctional systems for more than 40 years.
“I’m sold on it. When we see the conditions at Ash Street, it’s not ideal for the staff or inmate conditions. It’s time for us to close that … This kind of seals the deal.” — State Sen. Paul R. Feeney.
The death at the Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth is a very early test for new Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux, who emphasized inmate suicide as an issue in his campaign against 25-year incumbent Thomas M. Hodgson.