Inmate Artemio Reyes (Full Name: Artemio Ortega Reyes) Died Following Medical Emergency At Mendocino County Jail In Ukiah

pexels-pixabay-236380UKIAH, CALIFORNIA (March 4, 2024) – A 40-year-old inmate identified as Artemio Reyes has tragically died while staying at the Mendocino County Jail.

Mendocino County officials are saying that the inmate was first booked into jail on February 16, 2023. Correctional officers noticed that Artemio Reyes and multiple inmates at the jail were either unresponsive or appeared to be suffering from signs of an overdose.

Several inmates were given Narcan, which is commonly used to treat opioid overdoses. A total of five inmates were transported to a local hospital in order to receive further care.

Despite life-saving measures, Artemio Reyes died at the hospital. A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Ukiah Inmate Deaths

Overdoses are one of the most common causes of death for people who are incarcerated. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Data from 2007 to 2009’s National Inmate Surveys estimated that 58 percent of people incarcerated in state prisons and 63 percent of people serving sentences in jails met the criteria for a substance use disorder.” There are a number of measures that jails should take in order to prevent inmate overdose deaths.

  • Jails should do everything in their power to prevent illicit drugs from entering the jail.
  • Jails should conduct a medical screening to identify individuals at risk of an overdose.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs of an overdose.
  • Jails should use medication-assisted treatment in order to help inmates with opioid use disorders.

Jails are supposed to do everything that they can to care for the medical needs of inmates. Failing to give inmates adequate care is a deprivation of their rights afforded by the Constitution. Inmates must also be given proper care in the event that they are going through an overdose. There are a number of steps that jails should take if they suspect an inmate is overdosing on an opioid.

  • Jail staff should immediately call for help and notify medical staff to ensure a rapid response.
  • Jails should typically administer naloxone, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jails should perform CPR if necessary.
  • Jails should continuously monitor an inmate’s vital signs while they wait for medics to arrive.

One of the ways that jails can prevent overdose deaths is by continuously monitoring inmates. To that end, inmates should receive periodic wellness checks. Many inmates have died after not being properly monitored for extended periods of time. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Mendocino County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Artemio Reyes. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the authorities. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Mendocino County Jail? 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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