Inmate Commits Suicide at Santa Rita Jail

Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigating suicide at Dublin jail.

Here's information provided by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office:

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, deputies responded to a cell in Santa Rita Jail where inmate Dennis Jimenez, aged 54, was attempting to hang himself.

Deputies entered the cell where Jimenez was the only occupant and cut him from a homemade noose fashioned from a bed sheet. The sheet was attached to the upper bunk of the cell, and Jimenez used his own body weight to cut off the blood flow to his brain.

Santa Rita staff began lifesaving measures at the jail and Jimenez was transported by ambulance to Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton where he was pronounced dead.

Jimenez had been in custody at Santa Rita Jail since March 11, 2012 when he was arrested by the Oakland Police Department for DUI, theft and drug charges.

Jimenez was released on the DUI and theft charges, but remained in jail to serve his sentence on the drug charge. He was due to be released on September 5, 2012.

Per protocol, Sheriff’s detectives from the Eden Township Substation arrived to investigate the scene, as well as Coroner’s Investigators.

leilani September 06, 2012 at 07:14 AM
You people dont understand his life style , this is my husband and you people need to let him rest in peace , if you dont like it keep his name out your mouth , i cant belive how you people are so cold hearted , talking about somebody's husband / dad / uncle ETC.
Whatever September 06, 2012 at 07:14 AM
This is very sad that someone felt they had nothing to live for just days before being released. Treatment at county facilities are limited, 60 day program, then no followup. Also, how long was he hanging and went unnoticed, that is really sad part. Cameras everywhere but no one saw a thing??? Come on....
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:19 AM
You got yourself a point there !
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Thats my uncle & people need to grow up & stop talking about him if they never met him or new anything about him ... If he was out today no one would say anything , just leave it as that ... & i it wasnt for neglagence he would have still been alive <3
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Thank you for your prayers this is his neice & may you be blessed
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:29 AM
This isnt a realationship post , you can take that somewhere else
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Hey elizabeth do you know him
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Hey he is in a better place now , if the county had the right medical facility and if the laws werent so backwards people wouldnt be sitting in jail for petty stuff , they keep inmates that do petty stuff for 25 to life , but keep inmates that do worser crimes in for about 5-6 years and then they do the same thing , aint that a shame , THE LAW SUCKS
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:36 AM
And you think you know everything dont you ? well let me ask you this , did you know he lived for 5 kids & a wife ? Get your stories straight or dont talk at all
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:39 AM
What the hell is this ? This is a serious matter of death & you are talking about getting someone cherry popped , i mean common sense , learn some dam respect
destiny September 06, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Get rid of yours then ... This is my uncle & i want some RESPECT !
James Nelson September 06, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Look here Destiny's Child, I didn't IMPLY your Uncle was seeking Attention I was stating a Fact about what really happens at Santa Rita. Now if I had addressed your Uncle I would have provided a more Colorful Vocabulary as I don't have Sympathy for Addicts.
Byondbch September 06, 2012 at 09:34 AM
And remember folks, we are talking about another human being, who needed help and didn't get it. Have some compassion, if not for him, then for his family.He probably did not have the required ungodly amount of money necessary for medical treatment. And like so many others in jails and prisons in California, it doesn't matter that you may be innocent, because our faulty judicial system now finds you guilty first, and if you happen to have thousands of dollars lying around, you may be given the opportunity to retain council to defend you and prove your innocence. But don't count on it. This is America, and the state of California is in the business of building and filling prisons, so that politicians and the prison administrators live high on the hog with the money they take from us to do so.
Mike S September 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It's disappointing to watch Patch donkey's continually guess at the facts.
Mike S September 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
You were doing well until you made the statement about California being in the business of filling prisions. Society fills prisons...people make individual choices which result in time spent in prison. The state of California does not randomly place people in prison.
Voter with an ID September 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
So true, Mike. Apparently some folks don't comprehend personal responsibility. You pay for the mistakes you make....don't blame someone else or the system...only you can keep yourself from getting into trouble in the first place. The people posting that they are victims are the ones who typically are either not smart enough to stay out of trouble or they are enablers of those who can't keep their noses clean. Time to grow up................
Tammi September 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Leilani/Destiny, I am sorry for you loss and sorry for the things anonymous people feel entitled to say when they are hidden behind their computer screens. Regardless of whatever mistakes he made or whatever demons he fought in his life, he was still human and deserves your love and respect in death. Surround yourselves with those who can support you through this difficult time and don’t waste your time arguing with faceless bullies here.
Anna September 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Look people, before you talk on a story that was published get your facts first because they don't give you the whole story. Dennis has been fighting many addictions and mental issues such as bipolar & depression now if you have the slightest clue as to what that does to a person who dosent take meds to cure the brain then I suggest you keep quite or do some research so you get a better understanding on suicide. Ppl committ sucide in and out of jail and most cases are related to depression. So plz if you don't have anything nice to say then don't speak at all! Dennis was loved by many family members and will always be loved. So let's stop bullys not only in schools but on the streets and in your own home. If you start in your home then maybe one day it will soon die out just like racisim and stereotyping! Let's strive for happiness and positive attitudes!
Tammi September 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Anna, Very well said. I'm sorry for your loss. From the sound of your post, you sound like you are probably a family member. I didn’t know Dennis, but obviously many of his family and friends are reading the comments here. For those of you who don’t know him but feel the need to pass judgement, take a moment to imagine what it would feel like if it was your loved one being trashed here...
Cherry September 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thanks Speedie B :-)
Albert Rubio September 07, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Voter with an ID, >Apparently some folks don't comprehend personal responsibility. You pay for the mistakes you make....don't blame someone else or the system...only you can keep yourself from getting into trouble in the first place. This is certainly NOT true. personal responsibility is a subjective notion. There are many victim-less crimes (like drug use) for which people are wrongly punished. It is completely appropriate to blame the system for these cases. Many innocent people have been punished for no crime or mistake committed by them. While Jimenez may have been guilty of some things, it would be absurd to suggest that his end is somehow a payment for mistakes.
Micheal September 10, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Hey! For all you people who miss judge! You are all in the wrong not knowing Dennis to me this is a setup he wouldn't do this, I know for a fact, I new him for a long time even from high school! This is a cover up! I live in Modesto and grown up in Newark he loved his kids and wouldn't do this he is strong minded and never stress he may party time from time but who doesn't! This was a set up for sure just like his Cuz Ronnie J spiritual wars we have .....
Autumn Johnson September 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM
@destiny, your Thursday comment has been removed. Feel free to resubmit without the profanity.
libertus_rebelium September 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
haha, nice rambling . Get your tin foil hat off, the police have better things to do than set people up. Were they after his pot of gold or secret map to the unknown science of Benjamin Franklin? He was in jail because he made bad choices. Depending who you are, you can count suicide among them.
Micheal September 14, 2012 at 03:43 PM
So Ronnie King police had better things to do rite .....
sunflower mamm October 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Autumn Johnson (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM
@Ugh: your Friday comment has been removed. Feel free to resubmit without the profanity.
Cmeandmind November 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
So When will the last death be posted? Like the one where the imate was attacked and the sheriff's place him in a cell where he bleed to death?
newark March 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Sorry for your loss,santa rita is where my kids dad die also ,the people you teach your kids to look up to,to go to for help....are you sure he took his owe life ?? My prayers are with with you
mark a. Fisher March 22, 2013 at 09:45 PM
This is just another comment that I greatly doubt will matter, and I have no relation or association with the deceased, but I fault the inhuman treatment society has chosen to impose upon its citizens for drug use. Here is a perfect example: A Dui is a perilous crime, and for it he was released. Theft? There is nothing worse than a thief---yet, for theft , he was released. Now for the crime in which the only victim was himself, and the worry to the system of social caring was the only constituent of concern, this man faced at 54 years, (surely something that ought qualify a man as venerable to at least be not locked in a cage for his own damnation of self-abuses) 6 long, hot, hellish months in a facility to shape one's self-esteem into a decrepit, rotten, pea-sized scrap of fly-spit, and I of adequate social stature do hereby not condemn this soul as cowardly nor weak. This valuable human being is gone because of a rampant neglect of human nature that is sure to diminish the quality of living of every soul in this learning society. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee. Thanks, Dennis.


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