Inmate Dario Valdez Died Following Medical Emergency While Staying At Los Angeles County Jail

pexels-pixabay-236380LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 21, 2024) -An inmate identified as Dario Valdez has tragically died while staying at a Los Angeles County jail.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the incident took place on Sunday. Correctional officers noticed that Dario Valdez was in medical distress.

He was transported to the Los Angeles General Medical Center in order to receive care. But the efforts to save him were not successful.

Dario Valdez was later pronounced dead at the hospital. A full investigation into the cause of the death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody each year as they are awaiting trial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “In 2019, a total of 3,853 prisoners died in state prisons or private prison facilities under a state contract, a decrease of 284 deaths from 2018. The number of federal prisoners who died in the custody of a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) increased from 378 in 2018 to 381 in 2019.” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should ensure that all inmates have a thorough medical screening.
  • Jails should typically segregate violent inmates away from non-violent offenders.
  • Jails should follow the instructions given to them by medical professionals.
  • Jail officials should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.

The Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits jails from engaging in cruel and unusual forms of punishment. In Estelle v. Gamble, the Supreme Court held that failing to give inmates care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. When a  jail is deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s medical needs and intentionally denies them care, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Several steps should be taken after any in-custody death.

  • Jail records related to the death should be sought.
  • Medical records should be collected.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • A civil rights attorney should be contacted.

The physical evidence left behind after a death can help paint a clear picture of what happened. It may also indicate that an inmate was the subject of medical neglect. This is often the case even when a jail lists any death as natural. It is a good idea to seek the guidance of an experienced  civil rights attorney after any death. 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 Dario Valdez. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight of jails across Los Angeles County.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable 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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