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After 8 deaths in 3 years, Snohomish Co. Jail under review

After 8 deaths in 3 years, Snohomish Co. Jail under review
EVERETT, Wash. -- Looking down at the silver band on left index finger, Rose Saffioti thinks of the unanswered questions and the lingering pain.

That ring used to belong to her son Michael.

"I wear it every day," she said.

Michael Saffioti died last July at the Snohomish County Jail. Saffioti believes it was because of an allergic reaction to food Michael was given.

The prosecutor's office didn't file charges against any jail staff in the death.

Michael Saffioti's death is the eighth at the jail in less than three years. Another inmate died just last month. So a federal review team of corrections investigators has come in to look into practices and conduct at the jail.

"It would be nice to find out and then try to prevent that from happening in the future," Rose Saffioti said.

The Sheriff's Department had little comment other than to say meetings continued Wednesday and the review is under way.

The department did ask for the review, but Rose Saffioti says systemic problems plague the jail and her son's death could have been prevented.

"They failed. I mean, they failed. They failed my son."