Almost a week after the death of a Durham County jail inmate, the Durham County Public Health department is launching an independent investigation into the circumstances. The man's name is Matthew McCain, 29, according to the Inside-Outside Alliance, a social justice group that first publicly reported the death. The group's source was a fellow inmate of McCain's, who lived in Pod 3D.
McCain had been charged with assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, battery of an unborn child, communicating threats and domestic criminal trespass.
Although the Durham County Sheriff's Office had not yet publicly reported the inmate's death, the Inside-Outside Alliance notified the public and media on Jan. 21.
The county public health department contracts with a private health care corporation, Correct Care Solutions, for medical care. CCC is being sued for allegedly providing substandard care to Forsyth County jail inmate Jennifer McCormack, who died of a heart attack while in custody in 2014. Another suit has been filed in Shelby County, Tenn., on behalf of a mentally ill inmate who died in jail custody.
From the Durham County press release:
"The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) was notified on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 of an inmate’s death and has launched an investigation. A designated Correct Care Solutions (CCS) DCoDPH contract monitor attended the Medical Audit Committee (MAC) meeting on January 19, 2016. CCS, Detention Facility, and Public Health staff were in attendance. CCS established the date of the Mortality Review.
The decedent’s medical chart review will specifically assess and evaluate clinical care practices, compliance of these practices with current policies and procedures and any emergency nursing/medical responses and actions taken. The decedent’s sick call requests and medical grievances will be included in the review to ascertain the decedent’s requests (health care and health care concerns) and response to these requests by CCS and Detention Facility staff. The on-site CCS Medical Director and the Advanced Practice Provider(s) will be interviewed regarding any questions about prescribed medical care and treatment.
The medical chart is reviewed independently by DCoDPH to determine if the nursing practice and care rendered for the decedent is in compliance with NC Board of Nursing standards/guidelines for nursing practice and the Detention Facility’s Medical Plan. The Detention Facility is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care Standards (NCCHC); the Medical Plan and CCS staff practice must also comply with NCCHC standards.
DCoDPH will work with Detention Facility staff to recreate the timeline to understand events prior to CCS nursing staff observations on January 19, 2016. At the conclusion of the medical chart review and CCS staff interviews, a written summary of findings and recommendations will be submitted to the Public Health Director. Follow up is conducted per the request of the Public Health Director. This investigation is conducted independently from any concurrent investigation(s)."