Prison inmate commits suicide

March 14, 2007 11:00 pm

By Nick Grube

Triplicate staff writer

Correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison discovered an inmate dead in his cell early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the facility, inmate Jose Alberto Dubon was found hanging from a cloth noose tied to the ventilation grid in his cell.

The 36-year-old Dubon was found hanging in his cell at 2:19 a.m. Wednesday. When Pelican Bay staff found him they administered CPR but were unable to revive Dubon. He was pronounced dead at Sutter Coast Hospital at 3:07 a.m.

This is the first suicide in over a year, according to Pelican Bay's Public Information Officer Lt. Ken Thomas.

"It's a fact of prison life," Thomas said about inmates taking there own lives. However, he said, inmates typically will tell officers if they intend to kill themselves.

"In this case the individual gave no indication that he was going to take his life," Thomas said.

Dubon, who was serving a life term for attempted car jacking, possession of a firearm and murder, has been incarcerated since 1996. He was housed in Pelican Bay's general population since April 2003.