Kent Co. Inmate, 34, Dies After Medical Complications

Jason TappinKENT COUNTY, Mich. (April 9, 2014) — Jason Tappin, 34, died Tuesday after suffering medical complications at the Kent County Correctional Facility.

According to a press release from Kent County Sheriff’s Department, officials discovered Tappin was suffering from a medical emergency during a routine check at 5:30 a.m.  He was transported to the hospital and later died.

His exact cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results.

Tappin had been behind bars since Feb. 3 for manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and a probation violation, according to a release. He was assigned to the work release center March 11.

Tappin’s death was reported one month after another inmate, 35-year-old  Tommy Varnado, was found dead in his cell. 

11 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    So what really happened is the lazy ass fat pigs they call guards were playing poker and watching tv all night instead of doing their rounds! There is a real good reasons why they dont allow cell phones in the Kent County Jail.. its the fact the inmates could use camera and video to show THE PUBLIC WOULD SHIT A BRICK IF THEY ACTUALLY SAW WHAT GOES ON INSIDE.

    • Lia

      Sorry TheFoundingFathers, but when we send people to jail/prison it's not suppose to be the local country club. It's very unfortunate this young man has passed, be it natural causes or drugs but I get so sick of hearing people always wanting to blame someone. If you watched any of the episodes of Locked Up-Kent County you could see for yourself that the jails are full of animals. May this young man rest in peace and condolences to the family on their loss.

      • dan

        i was a good friend of jasons and im also at crc. he was a good person and a really good friend. we are not animals im a father of 3 dauhghters. u should judge people off what the pictures shows on internet or an addiction someone may have. he was a good hearted person we all loved the guy he was cool. willing to give to anyone for free.

        also to his family.
        r.i.p jason we love you. keep doing good were ever you go. if anything i can do email me

  • hello

    What a sad story. They really need to do some checking on what goes on inside there if what TheFoundingFathers said is true.

    • TheFoundingFathers

      Well let's put it this way when I was in "time out" at the KCCF for a few weeks we didn't bet on card games we bet on who could kill the most mice for the day…….

      • Lia

        I worked for years at the old Grand Center downtown GR, we had mice and rats in the building. I should have sued the city, what was I thinking????

  • barelylocal

    This is sort of relating because when i was in ottawa county jail i ended up getting a headache for no apparent reason. im the kind of person who never gets headaches unless there is a good reason. i "buttoned" the guards and told them i suspect a possible carbon monoxide leak and she said "you shut up!" and "its probably just allergies its that time of season". "so shut up". she was mean.

    • Lia

      There ya go, exactly as I said. It's always someone else's fault that this man has been in jail for manufacturing controlled substance probation violation. Step up and open your wallet "hello" because when you sue the city or state, we ALL pay!

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