Inmate Charles Giurbino, 58, of Hemet, Died In-Custody at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility In Banning

BANNING, CALIFORNIA (November 5, 2023) – A 58-year-old inmate identified as Charles Giurbino has tragically died in-custody at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place on Saturday. Correctional officers noticed that Charles Giurbino was unresponsive in the intake area.

Paramedics were called to the scene and began life-saving measures. Sadly, those efforts were not successful and Charles Giurbino was later pronounced dead.

Jail officials have said that they did not discover any signs of foul play. A full investigation into the Riverside County in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Riverside County Inmate Deaths

Riverside County has one of the highest instances of in-custody death in California. According to ABC 7, “Data shows that during time frame, a total of 120 inmates died in Riverside County jails, an average of 7 inmates each year. Before reporting 18 deaths in 2022 (not included in the DOJ data), the previous high was 12 deaths. That happened twice – once in 2015 and again in 2020 during the pandemic.” The county has faced a number of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations.

  • Inmates have reportedly been denied proper care during drug overdoses.
  • Inmates have reportedly not been given proper mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have reportedly been injured by the excessive force of correctional officers.

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private medical provider could be liable for the death of an inmate. Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate healthcare. This includes care for pre-existing medical conditions. People enter the prison system with a lot of trauma and medical issues. 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 steps that people should take if their loved one has died in-custody.

  • Family members should gather as much information as possible including medical reports.
  • Family members may wish to request an independent autopsy if foul play or negligence is suspected.
  • Family members should contact an experienced civil rights attorney.

A civil rights attorney can investigate the unique facts of any in-custody death and determine if jail medical neglect was a contributing factor. Medical neglect often takes place at prisons that are overcrowded. Overcrowding can push a jail’s medical system to its breaking point. The family of any person that died in-custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a constitutional claim.


Investigating Riverside County Jail Inmate Deaths

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

Do you need more information about an in-custody death at the  Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and medical neglect in jails. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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