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Arkansas jail changes policy after inmate's asthma death


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A central Arkansas sheriff's office has changed its policy on inhalers after a woman booked into the local jail suffered a fatal asthma attack last year.

Jail records released last week show an inhaler was among the items deputies took from Sharon Lavette Alexander when she was booked into the Pulaski County jail on Dec. 13 on a robbery charge.

She was found unconscious in her cell the next night and pronounced dead at a hospital. A report from the Arkansas Crime Laboratory says the 41-year-old died of natural causes from acute asthma exacerbation.

The jail has si...

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