Wednesday, February 14, 2018



Dutchess agrees to settlement in inmate suicide


POUGHKEEPSIE – Kaseem Pankey died while incarcerated in the Dutchess County Jail in November 2014.  Pankey, 24, hanged himself.

During Tuesday night’s monthly county legislature meeting, a $50,000 settlement of claims arising from the death was approved.

The vote was an opportunity for Legislator Joel Tyner to raise points about what he sees as an issue with the county.

“On behalf of the taxpayers of Dutchess County, this is $50,000 that we could be spending on something else,” Tyner said.  “Probably could be and should be a lot more, frankly.  But this is $50,000 due to, it would seem, negligence on the part of Dutchess County.”

That drew a quick point of order from another legislator, claiming Tyner was not sticking to the point.  That was sustained by Chairman Greg Pulver.

Tyner wasn’t stopping.

“Do you know how many Dutchess County Jail inmates have committed suicide?”

The resolution approving the settlement was adopted without further discussion and without objection.


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