Inmate Erick Rubio Died At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 25, 2023) – A 28-year-old inmate identified as Erick Rubio has tragically died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on June 6. Correctional officers noticed that Erick Rubio was unresponsive inside of his cell.
Jail medical staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. Sadly, Erick Rubio later die due to his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
California has one of the highest instances of inmate death. There are many different factors that could contribute to an inmate death. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Between 2001 and 2004, State prison authorities nationwide reported a total of 12,129 State prisoner deaths to the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP).* Nearly 9 in 10 of these deaths (89%) were attributed to medical conditions. Fewer than 1 in 10 were the result of suicide (6%) and homicide (2%), while alcohol/drug intoxication and accidental injury accounted for another 1% each.” There are many steps that jails should take to prevent inmate deaths.
- Inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
- Inmate should get mental health treatment after they are admitted.
- Inmates should get regular welfare checks during their stays.
- Jails should be equipped with Narcan in the event of an overdose.
Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare for their medical conditions. This includes mental healthcare. Inmates are exposed to a wide variety of abuses and trauma during their incarceration. Many people who enter jail have been the victims of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. It is therefore not surprising that suicide is one of the leading causes of inmate deaths. Jails should take a number of actions to prevent inmates from harming themselves.
- Jails should develop and implement strict suicide prevention policies.
- Jails should have specialized units for inmates at greater risk of self-harm.
- Jails should always do their best to treat inmates with dignity and compassion.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any inmate death. To make matters worse, jails will often fail to be transparent about how any inmate in their custody dies. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death. The family of any person that dies in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost 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 Erick Rubio. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. 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 death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail medical neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.