Breakdown: As jailers watch, inmate's psychosis deepens

  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 6:35 PM

Jason Jay Folson, then 40, was arrested on a drug charge and booked into the Hennepin County jail on Aug. 1, 2012. Over the next four months his condition deteriorated steadily, as recorded in a jail log kept by the deputies who watched over him:

A Hennepin County jail cell.

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Aug. 1, 4:16 p.m.: Appears OK. No restrictions.

Aug. 2, 4:49 p.m.: During med rounds, inmate refused to get up and take medications.

Aug. 5, 11:33 p.m.: During a Health & Welfare check, I observed inmate talking to himself. He pointed at the wall saying, “I’m talking to my friend right here.’’ There wasn’t anyone else in his cell.

Aug. 6, 7:49 a.m.: Inmate was sitting on his bed laughing hysterically and rocking back and forth.

Aug. 18, 11:34 a.m.: Inmate given one hour out to shower, use the phone and exercise.

Sep. 1, 7:36 a.m.: Inmate could be heard screaming. Inmate should be considered for the third floor, as he is keeping inmates up all night.

Sep. 1, 4:47 p.m.: Inmate has his mirror covered. When told to [uncover it] he became upset and yelled at deputy.

Sep. 8, 8:16 p.m.: Inmate refused his hour out. Said he was OK but did not wish to come out for his hour.

Sep. 13, 9:25 p.m.: Inmate has been talking to himself all night [and] having arguments with himself.

Sep. 16, 11:20 a.m.: Inmate out for his hour of recreation. No behavior issues to report.

Sep. 18, 1:43 a.m.: Inmate is yelling at the top of his lungs that Bill Belichick and him are going to win the Super Bowl over the Russian Gulag. Inmate appears OK otherwise.

Sep. 27, 5:54 a.m.: Inmate has been standing in the cell for approx. 45 minutes, talking to himself and at times growling.

Sep. 29, 2:01 a.m.: Inmate was screaming things about how Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones are going to die for burning down his grandma’s restaurant.

Sep. 29, 8:19 a.m.: Inmate given time out of cell for shower/exercise.

Oct. 1, 11:21 p.m.: Inmate is screaming in his cell about Neptune and a nuclear reactor. Keep an eye on this inmate.

Oct. 5, 7:14 a.m.: Inmate Folson is screaming and yelling threats to hurt others and pressed his intercom to threaten me.

Oct. 11, 12:28 p.m.: Inmate out for 1 hour to shower and exercise. Inmate appears OK.

Oct. 17, 10:52 p.m.: Inmate is now threatening to flood his cell. Master control was called.

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  • inmate jason folsonAug. 5, 2012. 11:33 p.m.During a Health & Welfare check, I observed inmate talking to himself. I asked if he was doing OK, and he pointed at the wall saying, “I’m talking to my friend right here.’’ There wasn’t anyone else in his cell.Sept. 18, 2012. 1:43 a.m.Inmate is yelling at the top of his lungs that Bill Belicheck and him are going to win the Super Bowl over the Russian Gulag. Appears OK otherwise.Oct. 1, 2012. 11:21 p.m.Inmate is screaming in his cell about neptune and a nuclear reactor. Keep an eye on this inmate.

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