Undisclosed inmate deaths in California spurs talk over public notice

Four days after Michael Tyree was found fatally beaten in his cell at the Santa Clara County Main Jail allegedly at the hands of three correctional officers, an inmate died at another county facility with far less attention.

In fact, it would be two weeks before word of the second death surfaced beyond the walls of the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas and the Sheriff's Office that oversees it. As in the Tyree case, information did not initially come from officials, but through the murmurs of other inmates in the same jail wing. Continue…