Inmate Brandon Yates  (Full Name: Brandon Andrew Yates) Died Following Medical Emergency While Staying At The San Diego Central Jail

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (January 18, 2024) – A 24-year-old inmate identified as Brandon Yates has tragically died after a medical emergency at the San Diego Central Jail.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Correctional officers noticed that Brandon Yates was unresponsive in his cell and displaying signs of medical distress.

Medical staff began life-saving measures which included CPR, Nalaxone and the use of a AED machine. These efforts were taken over by paramedics.

Brandon Yates was transported to the hospital in order to receive further care. But those efforts were not successful and he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Diego Inmate Deaths

San Diego County has one of the highest instances of in-custody deaths in all of California. According to Cal Matters, “Eighteen people died in the San Diego County jail system in 2021, the most in-custody deaths ever recorded there. […] The next year, another 18 people died in custody. San Diego County jails, which house an average of 3,800 people per day, are among the state’s deadliest.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

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

Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate care for all of their medical conditions. This includes care in the event an inmate was going through a drug overdose or withdrawal. There are medical procedures that must be followed for treating drug intoxication. Jail officials should look for many different symptoms which could indicate an inmate may be going through a drug overdose.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Pale or clammy skin

Overdose deaths in jail are highly preventable and often involve some amount of jail medical neglect. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There may be fault on the part of a jail or a private healthcare provider. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating San Diego County Inmate Deaths

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

Do you need more information about a San Diego County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their 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.


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