Inmate Eric Wolf (Full Name: Eric Alexander Wolf) Died Following Medical Emergency At San Diego Central Jail
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2023) – A 33-year-old inmate identified as Eric Wolf has tragically died after some type of medical emergency at the San Diego Central Jail.
San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began around 8:55 a.m. on Friday. Correctional officers noticed that Eric Wolf was unresponsive in his jail cell and showing signs of medical distress.
Jail staff entered the cell and began life-saving efforts. Those efforts were taken over by paramedics. Eric Wolf was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital, but he was not able to be revived.
He was later pronounced dead by a doctor. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths
San Diego County has a particularly poor track record with respect to the care that it has given inmates. According to Cal Matters, “Eighteen people died in the San Diego County jail system in 2021, the most in-custody deaths ever recorded there. Local officials expressed consternation. State representatives demanded answers. Calls for change rang out.” Inmates have complained about numerous forms of mistreatment.
- Inmates have said that they’ve been subjected to extensive use of solitary confinement.
- Inmates have said that they have been denied adequate mental healthcare.
- Inmates have said that they’ve been subjected to excessive force by correctional officers.
When the state assumes control over a person’s life through incarceration, certain constitutional standards must apply. Inmates cannot be subjected to excessive force or neglect. To that end, inmates must be given adequate healthcare for all of their medical needs. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have contributed to an inmate’s death in numerous ways.
- Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate timely medical assistance.
- Jail officials may have failed to diagnose an inmate’s medical condition.
- Jail officials may have failed to perform periodic welfare checks.
Jails are supposed to routinely check on the inmates in their care. When an inmate is showing any signs of medical distress, they must receive additional care. But far too often this does not happen. It is important inmates and their families are aware of their rights. The family of any person that died in San Diego County jail may have legal recourse 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 San Diego County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eric Wolf. Any person that may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.
Do you need more information about a San Diego County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to answer questions that you may have. 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.