Inmate Brian Malter, 63, Died Following Medical Emergency At Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles County
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 21, 2023) – A 63-year-old inmate identified as Brian Malter has tragically died following a medical emergency at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on June 17. Correctional officers noticed that Brian Malter was in some type of medical distress.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. Brian Malter was taken to the jail infirmary where he was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into the in-custody death 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 across California. According to LA Downtown News, “The Los Angeles County jail system, the largest in the world, has been experiencing recent increases in in-custody deaths. Since the start of the year, 25 inmates have died within one of LA’s nine facilities, the most recent being a 55-year-old man who died in his cell at Men’s Central Jail in Downtown on June 28.” Jails should take a number of steps to prevent in-custody deaths.
- Inmate should receive a thorough medical and mental health screening when they are first admitted.
- Jail staff should be trained to recognize signs an inmate is having a medical emergency.
- Jails should establish clear use-of-force policies.
All jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes providing them with adequate healthcare for all of their medical conditions. Sepsis, in particular, requires prompt medical care. Inmates at risk of septic shock should be given the appropriate antibiotics. Any wounds that an inmate has should also be treated properly. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many signs that could indicate an inmate is going through septic shock.
- A significant drop in blood pressure is a hallmark of septic shock.
- Septic shock is often followed by an altered mental state due to lowered oxygen delivery to the brain.
- Certain patients may experience rapid heart rate.
- A patient’s skin may become cold and clammy due to poor circulation.
Jails are supposed to be proactive about keeping inmates healthy. But far too often this does not take place. Jails will often wait until an inmate is having a medical emergency before they will bother intervening. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a constitutional 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 Brian Malter. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There have been so many inmate deaths across LA this year. It is our hope that greater oversight will help correct many of the structural problems leading to these deaths.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility? 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 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.