Inmate Angela Benavidez Died In Custody While Staying At Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848LYNWOOD, CALIFORNIA (May 13, 2024) – A 38-year-old woman identified as Angela Benavidez has tragically died while in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on April 26. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in need of medical aid.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the woman. Life-saving measures were taken, but she was later pronounced dead inside the jail.

This is the 11th death inside a Los Angeles County jail so far in 2024.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has a particularly poor track record for the care that inmates are given. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Overcrowded facilities are the most significant single factor driving jail deaths in Los Angeles. The jail system has operated as high as 16.7 percent over capacity since the start of last year. This means that not only are the facilities physically crowded, but resources are also being stretched beyond their breaking point.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should go through a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jail officials should be trained to recognize when an inmate is in medical distress.

Every inmate has a legal right to receive medical care for their conditions. Failing to give an inmate medical care is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. For example, a jail may have failed to help an inmate going through a heart attack. There are several other ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Jail officials may have failed to help an inmate going through a drug overdose.
  • Jail officials may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on inmates.

Inmate deaths are rarely the result of the negligent actions of a single person. They tend to be the result of systemic failures within a jail system. This could include instances where correctional officers are poorly trained. The family of any person who died in a county jail 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 Angela Benavidez. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The sheer number of inmate deaths across LA County remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an inmate death in Los Angeles? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. 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.




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