Inmate Daniel Jenkins, 68, Died In Custody At San Quentin Rehabilitation Center

pexels-ron-lach-10474996SAN QUENTIN, CALIFORNIA (May 6, 2024) – A 68-year-old inmate identified as Daniel Jenkins has tragically died in custody at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center.

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that the incident began on April 29. Correctional officers noticed that Daniel Jenkins was unresponsive in his single-occupancy jail cell.

Jail staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. But those efforts were not successful, and Daniel Jenkins was later pronounced dead.

His death is currently being investigated as a potential suicide. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Marin County Inmate Deaths

Suicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in California. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, “suicides were the leading cause of jail deaths between 2000 and 2019, totaling 6,217 — 30 percent of all deaths in local jails. In 2019, the suicide rate in jails was over two times that of the general public.” Jails should take a number of steps in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should receive a thorough mental health screening.
  • Inmates at risk of self-harm should be carefully monitored.
  • Jails should do everything in their power to give inmates lives worth living.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes instances of self-harm. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate will harm themselves, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is common for jails to make a number of errors when it comes to caring for inmates.

  • Jail officials may have failed to place inmates at risk of self-harm in specialized cells.
  • Jail officials may have neglected to give inmates the medications that they required.
  • Jails may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks.

The vast majority of inmate suicides are completely preventable. They often involve situations where jails are unable or unwilling to properly care for inmates with mental health needs. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At San Quentin Rehabilitation Center

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about the death of Daniel Jenkins at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center. All inmates deserve care and support, regardless of what they may be accused of. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent similar incidents.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We focus entirely on helping people who have been impacted by law enforcement neglect and police abuses of power. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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