NEW ORLEANS — Two inmates have died in the past week after experiencing medical problems at the New Orleans jail.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that Narada Mealey, 32, from the suburb of Harvey, died Thursday. He was taken to a hospital on Oct. 29 after being examined by jail medical personnel.
The sheriff’s news release didn’t detail Mealey’s medical problems. However, Mealey’s aunt told The New Orleans Advocate that Mealey had been suffering from an ulcer and that family members believe he should have had medical attention sooner.
On Sunday, Evan Sullivan, 27, died at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a jail housing unit. The sheriff’s office said Sullivan died “of apparent natural causes.”
The coroner’s office didn’t respond to an emailed request for information Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office had not released information about Mealey’s death to the public before receiving a request for information from the New Orleans Advocate on Monday.
Phil Stelly, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told the newspaper that Mealey’s death was not considered an in-custody death because he was released from official custody before he was declared dead.
“The Sheriff’s Office on humanitarian grounds formally released Mealey from custody on Monday, Oct. 30 so family members could visit and make decisions about his care,” the office said in a later news release.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com