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Why Are Prisoners Dying in County Jail?

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For Frank Smart, his mother says, it all came down to one pill.

On Jan. 4, Pittsburgh police alleged that Smart had tried to buy Steelers tickets with counterfeit bills. They arrested him on forgery charges and booked him into Pittsburgh's pretrial lockup, Allegheny County Jail. The next day, Smart was dead—deprived of his epilepsy medicine, according to his mother, Tomi Lynn Harris.