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Mar-07-2007 16:55printcomments

Two Inmates Commit Suicide in Washington Over a Four Day Period

Given the fact that both suicides occurred within in such short time period, the Sheriff's Office says they will conduct an in-depth review of the jail policy and procedures.

Clark County Jail
Clark County Jail
Photo courtesy: Clark County, Washington

(VANCOUVER, Wa.) - Within a four day period the Clark County Jail has had two inmates commit suicide while in custody at the main jail, located at 707 W. 13th Street. Both suicides appear to be from hanging.

The first incident occurred March 2nd at approximately 9:30 AM. The inmate in this incident was identified as 49-year old John Robert Burgoon of Portland, Oregon.

The second incident occurred today at approximately 3:15 PM. The inmate in this incident was identified as 22-year old Jesse D Miller of Vancouver, Washington.

John Burgoon was scheduled to be transported to a state prison.

Jesse Miller was awaiting trial. Given the fact that both suicides occurred within in such short time period, the Sheriff's Office says they will conduct an in-depth review of the jail policy and procedures. However, preliminary reviews indicate the current policy and procedures are within acceptable guidelines.



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calvin December 12, 2007 8:24 pm (Pacific time)

that place is so nasty, i was there four 13 days let me tell you you have to wash you own under wear in the shower they dont feed you they give you a bar of soap that a motel would give you i am sorry but they do need to investigate that place... the stuff that goes on there is emoral, the damn cops there don't give a snuff about nothing, lazy fat men... let me tell you they need to investigate it be besides you can't do stuff any ways couse 2 judges and a prosicuting attery own it.. just couse people commit crimes doesnt mean they need to suffer this a mexico lay..they need to do something.......
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Heather Bravenec March 15, 2007 12:07 pm (Pacific time)

I actually knew Jesse Miller.. I went to school with him he had dated one of my closest friends Ashley...Ashley was actually his first real love and she kept him out of trouble... to those of you leaving these horrible comments about these 2 men you should research a little bit more.. Jesse was no murderer or rapist deep down he was a really good guy who was just lost in the his own world and does not deserve to be critisized by you people.. Jesse I hope you have found your self happiness and freedom we will miss you...


Grey March 11, 2007 1:40 am (Pacific time)

Murderer? Wow, didn't think I had it in me. Always knew it could come to this, but I tried the life of pennance and piety. I just couldn't get past the thou shalt not lay with a woman thing. Oh save me Jesus, I have sinned against the heart of man. Yes, cold hearted, brought on by years of law enforcement (several in a jail) and observing the extreme hideousness of the human being. I have no thought of redemption in anyone, because I've seen none. None that wasn't tied to the institution of religion, then only after conviction in a human court. Cold hearted, yes I am. But my kids love me, my dog runs to my side and my friends and family know I would give my life as a shield to the idiots who fail to follow the example of these two fine people, I mean inmates, I mean poor misunderstood, socially deprived, most likely abused in some form, offered help but too proud to take it, people. Either that or it was just another sensless hunting accident. I'll leave it to better people than I to figure it out.


Hey Grey March 10, 2007 10:17 pm (Pacific time)

Where do you get your statistics? How did you lose your heart? When was the last time you jumped a red light by accident Mr. Perfect? You could have killed people.....you are a murderer.....no sense in warehousing trash like you....no victim.....no crime.


Grey March 10, 2007 6:09 pm (Pacific time)

OP, don't worry about it. I agree and wish to clarify the point you made this way....no victim, no crime....let's move on. Besides, 9 times out of 10 the inmate that threatens or succeeds in ending their own life is usually a pedophile or rapist...no need to warehouse that type of trash so they can be released on parole in a few years to offend again. I guess there will be wasted money though...on the investigation to find out where the county supposedly went wrong when actually there was no culpability on them at all. Wasted money, yes, wasted life...probably. Do I care, definitley not.


Hank Ruark March 8, 2007 11:39 am (Pacific time)

Here you see displayed precisely the attitudes and lack of human feeling set up by that 19th Century political philosophy to which I make intermitten reference in Op Ed situations. See it further in ongoing struggles in Legislative session and nationally...then decide what YOU wish to do about it !!


C'itall March 8, 2007 9:11 am (Pacific time)

You can't fix stupid... remember that before letting a lesser mind hook you into a debate. They'll never win, but will never know it, they just keep on swinging at the air. There IS a limit to the amount some people can understand, or learn in their lifetime. Is that worth the effort? People dying = bad. Simple enough for you OP?


Dear OP March 8, 2007 8:54 am (Pacific time)

You are an extra idiot. Beggars? You sound like something from Charles Dickens. Many "beggars" are mentally ill homeless or have other problems. If you are not a kid then you really must be living under a bell jar. Your so Holy I wouldn't be surprised if you went to church evem though you vent such cold hearted hatred. If you are ever in a severe car crash that technically was your fault think about all of the people that come to help you to save your life.


OP-and this is a problem March 7, 2007 9:21 pm (Pacific time)

I'm not young dumb kid, just someone who has lived a long time in the world and someone who is tired of people like you being okay with people like them. Next, you will want to save them? Hold their hands? BETTER educate them? Give them another chance in life? Well, while you are doing all that, more grandparents and mothers and fathers, sons and daughters are being killed, maimed, raped, stolen from, beaten, and so on. Give it up, losers are losers. I bet you give money to the beggars too?


Outraged March 7, 2007 8:48 pm (Pacific time)

They should fire everyone because apparently the people running this jail are incompetent and guilty of something pretty awful. This kind of neglect and problem has got to stop. Many mentally ill people are also in jail and have a high rate of suicide. They usually do something inappropriate in a public place and are not taken to a hospital because today people are so darn stupid! These people have families and loved ones too. America has lost its heart from Katrina to Iraq to horrors like this. Americans have lost their heart and are now in a third world mindset.


To: and this is a problem? March 7, 2007 8:36 pm (Pacific time)

Your a total idiot. You know nothing about these people. No matter what they did and it could be petty or they could be in because of mistaken identiy. You sound like a young dumb kid with limited life experience. How would you like it if I were happy because I perceive your grandparents to be a drain on the system because of health reasons and said I was glad they were dead? No tax payer money wasted there. But I am not that stupid or unfeeling or assuming. Furthermore, everyone is a taxpayer at some time in their lives. If all of a sudden you lose your job after working 35 years....were you not a taxpayer? At that amount of years working a person like that would have put more into the system then you will for the rest of your life. Don't be such a simple minded cruel jerk. You should be in jail for a week and see what it feels like. You would hang yourself in about two hours.


and this is a problem? March 7, 2007 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

Well, no tax payer money wasted there.

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