Inmate Daniel Arce, 55, Died Following Medical Emergency At Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 21, 2023) – A 55-year-old inmate identified as Daniel Arce has tragically died following a medical emergency at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on June 28. Daniel Arce was experiencing some type of medical emergency before being given care by prison medical staff.

Despite life-saving measures, he later died at the Men’s Central Jail. The County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner listed two causes of death as heart failure and coronary artery disease.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Heart disease is a major contributing factor behind inmate deaths. According to Statista, “Suicide was the leading cause of death for local jail inmates in the United States in 2019, accounting for 355 deaths in that year. Heart disease killed a further 294 inmates in that same year, making it the second leading cause of death.” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmate death involving heart disease.

  • Jails should give inmates a thorough medical evaluation when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should conduct regular health assessments to monitor changes in an inmate’s health.
  • Jails should provide inmates with nutritious foods and give them time to exercise.
  • Jails staff should be well-trained to respond to medical emergencies.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the state from using cruel and unusual punishment. This includes depriving inmates healthcare for all of their medical needs. When the state deprives someone of their autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in a number of ways.

  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital quickly if they needed medical care.
  • Jail officials may have failed to follow the instructions given to them by doctors or nurses.

Inmates are much more likely to die while in-custody than someone in the general public. This is due in part to the enormous stressors that inmates are under during their incarceration. However, medical neglect also plays a big role. Jails across LA County are often overcrowded which can impact the quality of care that every inmate receives. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim.

 

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Daniel Arce. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that LA County dramatically improves jail conditions so that other tragedies can be averted.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuse and jail neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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