pexels-pixabay-236380Inmate Dakota Anderson (Full Name: Dakota Michael Anderson), of Nice, Died In Custody of Lake County Sheriff’s Office

LAKE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (June 22, 2024) – A 32-year-old jail inmate identified as Dakota Anderson has tragically died in custody of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County officials are saying that the incident took place on Monday. Dakota Anderson was taken into police custody on June 11th on three bench warrants.

Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in need of medical assistance before he was taken to the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Emergency Department. Despite life-saving measures, Dakota Anderson died at the hospital.

A full investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Lake County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody every year. Many of these deaths involve inmates who died due to alcohol or drug intoxication. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “The number of deaths in state prisons due to drug or alcohol intoxication increased from 35 in 2001 to 253 in 2019.” It is increasingly common for deaths to involve people who were never even convicted of the crimes they are being held for. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is going through an overdose.
  • Correctional officers should work closely with healthcare providers.

When the state assumes control of a person’s autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. People who are incarcerated are not able to seek care the way that free people are able to. When a jail fails to treat the serious medical needs of an inmate and this results in a death, the jail or private healthcare provider could be liable. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be collected.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • An independent investigation should be conducted.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails are supposed to take a holistic approach to keeping inmates healthy. But in far too many situations, this does not take place. It is common for jails to wait for an inmate to be in serious medical distress before they will bother intervening. The family of any person who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice 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 Lake County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Dakota Anderson. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for the sake of his family.

Do you need more information about a Lake 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 jails are held to account for their unconstitutional actions. 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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