Inmate Camara Jones Died While In Custody At United States Penitentiary (USP) Victorville

pexels-ron-lach-10475008VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA (March 29, 2024) – A 32-year-old inmate identified as Camara Jones tragically died while staying at the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Victorville.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place around 4:20 p.m. on Friday. Correctional officers found Camara Jones unresponsive in his jail cell.

Prison employees initiated life-saving measures, which were taken over by EMS. Despite life-saving measures, Camara Jones was pronounced dead by EMS.

A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Bernardino County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody each year in the United States. According to Health Affairs, “On average, about 1.40 deaths occurred annually per 1,000 incarcerated people. About 0.62 deaths per 1,000 incarcerated people were illness-related deaths, 0.53 were suicides, and 0.15 were acute drug- or alcohol-related deaths. Accidents or homicides were less common (0.03 deaths each).” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should make sure that all inmates get a thorough health screening before they are admitted.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jails should segregate violent inmates away from non-violent offenders.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits jails from utilizing cruel and unusual forms of punishment. To that end, jails must give all of the inmates in their care adequate medical treatment. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jail officials may have failed to properly care for an inmate in any number of different ways.

  • Jails may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they required.
  • Jails may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Jails may treat the chronic health conditions of an inmate.

Inmate deaths are not spread out evenly across California or the United States more broadly. Certain counties have much higher instances of inmate deaths. This is typically because they are overcrowded. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in custody 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 Inmate Deaths At The United States Penitentiary (USP) Victorville

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Camara Jones. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight of this prison.

Do you need more information about an in-custody death at the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Victorville? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help you. 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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