Investigation: 100s have died in NW’s county jails


Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails. In 2012, Michael Saffioti turned himself in on a misdemeanor. The charge was marijuana possession. The next day at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Washington, he was served oatmeal that contained milk. The 22-year-old with severe asthma and a dairy allergy went into anaphylaxis and died.

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