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Florida Federal Prisoner Commits Suicide While Being Monitored

A Florida deceased federal prisoner's wife, Lillian Diaz, and on behalf of the decedent's minor son, brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1996. Her husband, federal prisoner Alejandro Diaz, committed suicide while in the care of Federal Bureau of Prisons personnel who were aware of his situation. The outcome of this action was not reported.

Alejandro Diaz was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Corrections Center (MCC) at Dade County. He was identified as a suicide risk in March of 1994 and placed on suicide watch. He committed suicide in an undisclosed manner. A subsequent investigation led his wife to be aware of a cause of action for the MCC's liability in 1995. She brought the action against the United States in 1996 under the Federal Tort Claims Act for deliberate indifference to her husband's serious medical needs resulting in death in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Her administrative claim was denied in 1996 for untimely filing. She claimed that it was timely filed due to a post death investigation leading to the cause of action in 1995.

The suit was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. No outcome was reported. See: Diaz v. United States, USDC, S.D. Fla., Case No. 96 2853 (Oct. 11, 1996).

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