We are already seeing the numbers adding up in 2014—and many of them are young people dying of what are usually called natural causes and their deaths are being investigated. More have died in police custody or other facilities; we are only listing those in county jails.
Here are two of the saddest to us: Courtney Ruth Elmore, seen in the photo, was only 33 years old. She died February 11, 2014, around 7:00 a.m.. in the Brown County Jail. Was staff trained to watch for respiratory failure? David Grimaldo, 18, a Perryton High School student, died just hours after being booked into the Ochiltree County Jail. Sheriff Joe Hataway read from an autopsy report, saying that the teen died of a medical condtion complicated by intoxication.