SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder is promising a quicker response to force-feed inmates after the February death of a 20-year-old man in jail.
Winder tells the Salt Lake Tribune that if an inmate isn't eating, health professionals will be consulted earlier and a court order may be sought.
The new policy follows the Feb. 27 death of Carlos Umana of Magna.
He weighed at least 180 pounds when he entered jail in late October. He weighed a gaunt 77 pounds when he died awaiting trial on attempted murder charges.
His family says Umana had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had stopped taking medication.
A medical examiner says Umana died of starvation and dehydration, and his mental illness may have been a contributing factor.