Inmate found dead in cell in Clark County Jail

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an inmate found dead in the jail Thursday night.

The inmate, 43-year-old Jason Smith was found unresponsive in his cell by Deputies conducting their regular checks, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies immediately called EMS and began to try and save Smith but they were unable to revive the inmate.

Smith has been in the jail since August 8.

The Clark County Coroner and the Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

Investigators say they will release more information when the investigation is complete. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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