Inmate Erik Meloni Died In Custody At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles 

pexels-ron-lach-10475008LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 11, 2024) – A 54-year-old inmate identified as Erik Meloni has tragically died in custody at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 5. Correctional officers noticed that Erik Meloni was in some type of medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. Sadly, though, those efforts were not successful. Erik Meloni was later pronounced dead at the jail.

A full investigation into the in custody death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Death

Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of inmate death in the United States. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Ten people have died in Los Angeles County jails this year so far. Their deaths continue a deadly trend; 55 people have died in the system’s custody since the start of 2023.” There have been a number of reports of mistreatment at LA County jails.

  • Inmates have been placed in solitary confinement for extended periods.
  • Inmates have been denied access to care for their medical conditions.
  • Inmates have been denied care for their mental health problems.

Jails can be extremely difficult places, even in the best of circumstances. All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with medical care. This includes care for any pre-existing health conditions. It also includes care for any acute health issues that may come up. Jails often make a number of mistakes when it comes to caring for inmates.

  • There have been instances where inmates have been given the incorrect dose of a medication.
  • There have been instances where correctional officers failed to recognize that an inmate was in distress.
  • There have been instances where inmates at risk of suicide were not provided with any care whatsoever.

Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” but this label is often very misleading. There have been a number of studies of the so-called natural deaths that take place in LA County jails. Many of these deaths involved inmates in their 20s and 30s. That is far below what should be expected. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Erik Meloni. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability and steps taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility? 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 jails are held to account for their wrongful actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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