Inmate Daijon Gray, 24, Died While In Custody At The Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood

LYNWOOD, CALIFORNIA (December 28, 2023) – A 24-year-old man identified as Daijon Gray has tragically died while he was in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Los Angeles County police officials are saying that the death took place on December 12. Very few details have been released thus far.

Life-saving measures were taken in order to save Daijon Gray. But those efforts were not successful and he was later pronounced dead.

The County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy for Daijon Gray in the coming days. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of inmate deaths across California. According to Bolts, “At least 46 people have died inside LA County jails or elsewhere in the sheriff’s custody thus far in 2023. These numbers make the jails in Los Angeles deadlier than Rikers Island, the New York lockup that frequently makes national headlines for its intolerable conditions.” Prisoners across LA have complained about the terrible living conditions they have endured.

  • Inmates have not been given adequate mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have been forced to endure long periods of solitary confinement.
  • Inmates have been subject to violence both at the hands of prison guards and other inmates.
  • Inmates have been the victims of sexual abuse.

Every inmate in California has a right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare for their medical conditions. This includes care for acute health conditions such as a heart attack. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should ensure that all inmates have a thorough medical screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should ensure that correctional officers are well trained to spot medical emergencies.
  • Jails should make sure that they are stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Jails in Los Angeles are often quick to label in-custody deaths as natural. However, this designation can often be highly misleading. A large number of supposedly natural deaths in jails involve inmates who are in their 20’s and 30’s. The reality of the situation is that many of these deaths involve medical neglect. The family of any person that 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 Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Daijon Gray. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The sheer number of in-custody deaths in LA County remains deeply troubling.

Do you need more information about an in-custody death in Los Angeles County? 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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