IN-DEPTH: ICE detainee who hanged himself had history of mental health problems
Jackson said such matters are not within the scope of the GBI’s work.
“We don’t do civil investigations. That is of a civil nature,” Jackson said. “We do criminal investigations.”
In a prepared statement released to the AJC Wednesday, Jimenez’ family thanked the GBI for its “professionalism” and criticized officials at the immigration detention center.
"First, those responsible for Jean's care and safety at Stewart knew of the serious medical challenges he faced, and the risks these conditions posed. Second, despite this knowledge, they failed to uphold the standards in place to protect and care for the most vulnerable people in their charge. And third, Jean's tragic death could easily have been prevented if these standards had been met.
"While many unanswered questions remain, these three things are now clear,” the statement continues. "We therefore reiterate our call for transparency and accountability from all entities moving forward.”
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox has previously said his agency has medical practices in place for detainees who appear suicidal and that had Jimenez “expressed any kind of suicidal ideation, there would have been a specific medical reaction to that.” Cox has also said his agency is probing Jimenez’s death and looking into whether the authorities at Stewart knew about his history of mental health problems.
“The specifics of that are all part of the investigation by ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility,” he said.