Inmate Andrew Balderrama, 37, Died In Suspected Homicide At Los Angeles County Jail
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 2, 2023) – A 37-year-old inmate identified as Andrew Balderrama has tragically died in custody at a Los Angeles County jail.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday. Andrew Balderrama was involved in some type of altercation with one or more inmates.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Andrew Balderrama was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The death is currently being investigated as a homicide. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of in-custody deaths. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “At least 31 people have died in Los Angeles County jails this year, and community organizers say that number is likely to climb. Because of overcrowding, inadequate services, a failure to invest in alternatives to incarceration, and a culture of impunity among the sheriff’s deputies, the county’s jails are set up to claim life after life.” There are many other factors that have contributed to the high rates of in-custody deaths in Los Angeles County.
- Los Angeles County jails have often been underfunded.
- Los Angeles County jails are often understaffed.
- Los Angeles County jails often lack skilled medical personnel.
Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. When a jail has specific knowledge of particular threats and fails to act, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Homicides can be prevented when jails take the right safety precautions.
- Jails should typically segregate violent inmates from non-violent offenders.
- Jails should provide inmates with conflict resolution programs.
- Jails should always do their best to treat inmates with decency and respect.
It can be hard to know where to begin if someone that you love has died in jail. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about what happened. The family of any person that died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Andrew Balderrama. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuse or jail neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.