pexels-pixabay-236380Inmate Eric Wright, 38, Died While Staying At Los Angeles County Jail

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 21, 2024) – A 38-year-old inmate identified as Eric Wright has tragically died at a Los Angeles County jail, according to the LA Sheriff’s Department.

Los Angeles officials are saying that the death took place on Tuesday. Correctional officers noticed that Eric Wright was in need of medical aid.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures before the inmate was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital. Despite those efforts, Eric Wright died at the hospital.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. Suicide is considered a suspected factor in the death.

Liability For Los Angeles Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has one of the highest occurrences of inmate deaths. Suicide, in particular, continues to be one of the main causes of inmate death. According to the Los Angeles Times, “More than 200 inmates killed themselves over an eight-year period when state prison officials failed to complete court-ordered suicide prevention safeguards.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Jail staff should receive suicide prevention training. This should include how to recognize signs of suicidal behavior and how to respond accordingly.
  • All inmates should undergo a comprehensive mental health screening.
  • Inmates should receive mental health support, appropriate treatment, and counseling.
  • Jails should do everything in their power to treat inmates with respect and give them lives worth living.
  • Jails should develop clear and comprehensive suicide prevention protocols.

Every inmate has a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare. This includes care for mental health conditions. Even in the best of circumstances, being incarcerated can have an extremely negative impact on a person’s psychological well-being. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to caring for an inmate at risk of suicide, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many ways a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate at risk of suicide.

  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate their required medication.
  • A jail may have failed to place an inmate in a suicide-resistant cell.
  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate medical care in a timely manner.

A jail’s failure to protect an inmate may take place before, during, or after any inmate’s attempt to harm themselves. These types of deaths are both tragic and highly preventable. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights afforded by the constitution. The family of any person who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eric Wright. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. 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.


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