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Orangeburg County Detention Center

A 43-year-old inmate killed himself at the Orangeburg County Detention Center, according to Orangeburg County Administrator Harold Young.

Josh Andrew Richardson of 564 Coach Road, Holly Hill, died on Sunday morning.

"It's still under investigation by (the State Law Enforcement Division), which is routine because we have to call them in for something like that," Young said.

Richardson was being held on charges of burglary, first-degree larceny, grand larceny, malicious injury to house and trespassing.

Young said increasing safety at the jail has been a high priority, but he said there’s also a need for the need to address the mental health needs of inmates.

"As a matter of fact, there was a suicide in another county over a couple of days ago. And it's just that time of year that people get incarcerated, especially some people for the first time, and during the holidays that tends to give people a lot of issues,” he said.

"But one of the main problems is there's a lack of funding across the state and in the country, no less, for mental health. And that's part of the problem. A lot of times these individuals have mental health issues, where they're not getting the proper treatment. And they end up being arrested because of things they do and lash out.”

Young said the county's new, $26 million jail could be complete by the end of next year or early 2020. It is being built on property the county owns next to the current Ellis Avenue detention center.

The builders will soon install the jail’s prefabricated cells.

Young said new jail's construction will reflect the "very high" priority which the county has placed on safety.

"It will be a whole new system: camera systems, higher ceilings, all the things you would have in a modern jail that will help deal with a lot of stuff," Young said.

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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