Inmate Carl Jones Died Following Medical Emergency While Staying At Los Angeles County Jail

pexels-pixabay-236380LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 29, 2024) – An inmate identified as Carl Jones has tragically died while in custody at a Los Angeles County jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on November 21. Jail staff noticed that Carl Jones was in medical distress before he was transported to the Los Angeles General Medical Center.

He was taken to the emergency department in order to receive care. Despite life-saving measures, Carl Jones was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles has a very poor track record with respect to the care that it gives inmates. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “ People who have passed through the intake facilities have described them as “a living hell,” where people are left to sleep without bedding or blankets on floors covered in garbage and waste.” Inmates have described various forms of mistreatment.

  • Inmates have not received care for chronic health conditions.
  • LA jails have been flooded with illicit drugs.
  • There are many reports of inmates being sexually abused by jail staff and other inmates.

Jails have a legal obligation to properly care for all inmates. This involves providing all inmates with adequate healthcare. When 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 ways that a jail may have failed to care for an inmate before they died.

  • Jail officials may have failed to recognize the signs an inmate was in distress.
  • Jail officials may have failed to periodically check on an inmate.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.

Los Angeles County jails are quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that a number of inmate deaths are completely preventable and due to medical neglect. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate dies in custody. The family of any person who died in jail 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 Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths 

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

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. 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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