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Protesters, including David Stojcevski's mother Dafinka Stojcevski, outside the Macomb County jail in October 2015.
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David Stojcevski died in the Macomb County Jail on June 27, 2014. He was serving a 30-day sentence for failing to pay fines related to traffic offenses.

At the time, Stojcevski was undergoing medical treatment for chronic substance abuse problems. He did not receive his prescribed medications while in jail. In his autopsy report, the county medical examiner listed his cause of death as “acute withdrawal” from those prescription drugs, resulting in severe dehydration and seizures.

The Macomb County Jail has a chronic overcrowding problem. And that can make for dangerous conditions for inmates. Experts say jail overcrowding is linked to higher rates of violence, illness, and suicide.

18 people have died in the Macomb County Jail since 2012. This is one woman's story.

And perhaps the biggest factor contributing to overcrowding – which is a chronic issue for lots of jails, not just Macomb's – is the courts.

It was July 7, 2013, and Diane Hubble remembers that she was making mulberry jam at her son’s house.

When she came home, there was a Macomb County sheriff’s car, still running, parked in the driveway. She knew immediately that something was very wrong, and that it had to do with her daughter, Jennifer Meyers.

Crosses placed outside the Macomb County jail to remember inmates who have died there. Friends and relatives of the deceased inmates hold regular protests on the site.
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Macomb County is being sued yet again over a death in the county jail.

Alverez Milline died in March 2016. He was serving a year-long sentence on drug charges.

The federal lawsuit claims that as far back as May 2015, Milline complained of chest and lung pain, and shortness of breath.

He sought medical care 12 times over nine months, and allegedly told the jail’s medical staff about his history of pulmonary embolisms.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham listens as the study is presented to county commissioners.
Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Macomb County faces persistent overcrowding at its jail, but it really doesn’t have to be that way.

That’s according to an outside study completed late last year, but presented publicly to county commissioners for the first time on Thursday.

David Stojcevski
Courtesy Photo / Stojcevski family

“The evidence does not support a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.”

That’s what the government has told Macomb County officials after investigating the death of David Stojcevski.

Stojcevski died in 2014, after a 16-day stint in the Macomb County jail, where he had been serving 30 days on a reckless driving charge.

The cause of death: “acute withdrawal” from prescription drugs.

Harrowing video recorded in the run-up to his death showed Stojcevski behaving erratically and growing visibly emaciated during that time.

Full-body scanner coming to Macomb County jail

Mar 21, 2016
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A pass through a full-body scanner similar to those at airport security checkpoints will soon be protocol for inmates entering the Macomb County jail.

The $202,000 scanner is part of a push to crack down on contraband in the facility.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says in recent months there's been an increase in drugs, weapons and other illegal items getting into the jail.

He says the scanner will let employees conduct more thorough searches of inmates.

A federal judge is allowing the bulk of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who died in the Macomb County jail to go forward.

David Stojcevski died in June 2014, after being arrested for failing to pay fines stemming from traffic infractions. His cause of death was determined to be prescription drug withdrawal.

His family’s lawsuit accused county officials, jail staff, and the private contractor who provides medical services at the jail, of not acting to prevent Stojcevski’s  death, even as his health clearly deteriorated and he lost 50 pounds in about two weeks.

Family photo

A federal judge should soon decide if a wrongful death lawsuit against Macomb County officials goes to trial.

32-year-old David Stojcevski died of prescription drug withdrawal during a 16-day stay in the Macomb County jail in June 2014.

His suffering and death – captured on video monitors at the jail and released publicly last month – has drawn widespread attention and condemnation.

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Friends, family and supporters of David Stojcevski protested outside the Macomb County jail in Mt. Clemens Saturday.

Stojcevski died of prescription drug withdrawal after spending 16 days in the jail in 2014. He was serving 30 days for a driving offense because he could not afford to pay $772 in fines.

“Justice for my son!” said Dafinka Stojecviski, David’s mother. “Shame on them for what they [did] to my son. Shame on Macomb County jail!”

Stojcevski was under 24-hour video surveillance in the jail’s mental health unit.

Debtor's wing of the Philadelphia Co. Prison in Pennsylvania. Built in 1836, demolished in 1968
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, HABS PA,51-PHILA,672A--2

The inmate who died in Macomb County jail was there because he’d failed to pay a traffic ticket.

Across Michigan and the rest of the country, people are being jailed over failing to repay fines and fees.

It sounds sort of like the old concept of debtors’ prison.

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Last year, an inmate was placed in the Macomb County jail for failing to pay a traffic fine.

For 16 days, the inmate went through severe drug withdrawals, reportedly losing 50 pounds and suffering seizures and hallucinations before he died. The ordeal was caught by in-cell surveillance video.

Reports indicate that inmate deaths across the country are on the rise, with a particular concern focused on county jails.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Macomb County officials say they’re being unfairly criticized for a jail inmate’s death.

County Executive Mark Hackel vigorously defended Sheriff Anthony Wickersham and jail staff on Thursday.

His comments came after the release last week of a harrowing video that showed David Stojcevski’s slow death in the Macomb County jail.

Family photo

A horrific video showing a naked man slowly dying in a Macomb County jail cell is sparking local and national outrage.

The death of David Stojcevski brings into sharp focus the overlap between some issues that have drawn intense scrutiny recently: deaths of people in police custody, people being jailed for minor offenses because they can’t afford to pay fines, and the opioid addiction crisis.