pexels-ron-lach-10475008Inmate Arlene Himes Died Following Medical Emergency At Century Regional Detention Facility In Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 29, 2024) – A female inmate identified as Arlene Himes has tragically died following a medical emergency at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on December 7. Correctional officers noticed that Arlene Himes was in medical distress.

Jail and medical staff entered her cell in order to perform life-saving measures. Sadly, Arlene Himes was later pronounced dead inside of her jail cell.

Her medical cause of death was listed as “acute peritonitis” by the LA County Medical Examiner. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Inmates face a variety of health challenges during their incarceration. This is partly because inmates enter the jail system with a variety of health challenges. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “In 2011–12, an estimated 40% of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition while about half reported ever having a chronic medical condition.” Jails are supposed to take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should ensure that all inmates are being properly monitored throughout their stay.
  • Jails should collaborate with healthcare professionals and mental health providers to ensure their standards reflect best practices.
  • Jails should conduct a risk assessment in order to identify inmates at greater risk of harm.

Jails are typically very poor places for elderly inmates and those with serious medical or mental health struggles. Simply being in jail can substantially worsen the health conditions that inmates have. It is therefore relatively common for many inmates to die from health conditions that they may have otherwise survived were it not for their incarceration. Inmates can easily die from a number of health conditions.

  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Sepsis

It can be difficult to know where to begin after an inmate’s death. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about how any inmate in their care died. This is partly because many jails inadvertently contribute to inmate deaths. For that reason, it is always a good idea to seek out the guidance of an experienced civil rights attorney if someone that you love dies in custody.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Arlene Himes. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of this woman’s family. The number of recent in-custody deaths across Los Angeles County remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. 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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