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Ralkina Jones Death Prompts Jail System Upgrade

A Cleveland suburb has upgraded its jail recording system after questions were raised about gaps in video of a woman who was found dead in a holding cell.

Cleveland Heights officials say the cameras previously recorded only when motion was detected and sometimes might have overloaded the system. Now, they record continuously.

The issue was raised after 37-year-old Ralkina Jones died in July. Police body camera footage showed the Cleveland woman talking about medical problems she had, including seizures and a heart condition, and saying she didn’t want to die in a jail cell.

But surveillance video of her cell had no footage from the six hours before she was found unresponsive.

The medical examiner hasn’t ruled on her cause of death, but says Jones didn’t have suspicious injuries.