Elisabeth Stamey, 62, Died Following Medical Emergency At The Solano County Jail
SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (December 8, 2023) – A 62-year-old inmate identified as Elisabeth Stamey has tragically died in-custody at the Solano County Jail.
Solano County officials are saying that the incident began at the prison. Elisabeth Stamey was transported to the John Muir Medical Center’s Walnut Creek location due to her medical condition.
A deputy was called to the hospital in order to supervise her. Sadly, her condition continued to deteriorate at the jail and she was later pronounced dead by a medical doctor.
A full investigation into the in-custody death of Elisabeth Stamey remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Solano County In-Custody Deaths
California has one of the highest instances of in-custody deaths in the United States. Many of the inmates that die in-custody each year are relatively young. According to Open Justice, “The average age of individuals who died in custody was 52 years old. Those who died of natural causes were older on average (65 years old). Those who died by homicide and suicide tended to be younger (39 and 40 years old, respectively).” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmate deaths.
- Jails should give all of the inmates in their care a thorough health screening.
- Jails should be equipped with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.
- Jails should have well-trained staff.
In-custody deaths are rarely ever the result of the negligence of one person. Rather, they tend to happen due to the systemic failures within any jail system. These may be present in the way that inmates are processed. They may also occur due to unsanitary living conditions at the jail. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate in their care, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Any person that is injured due to the medical neglect of jail officials may have legal recourse. This is also true for the family members of those that lost loved ones in the jail system. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Solano County In-Custody Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Elisabeth Stamey. Any person that may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Solano County inmate death? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to support you. 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 are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.