Inmate Eugene Youngblood, 42, Died In Custody At The Lancaster Station Jail 

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2024) – A 42-year-old inmate identified as Eugene Youngblood has tragically died in custody at a Lancaster Station jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on June 5. Correctional officers noticed that Eugene Youngblood was in need of medical aid.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. But these measures were not successful. Very few details about the cause of the death have been released at this time.

A full investigation into the death of Eugene Youngblood remains ongoing. This is the 14th in-custody death within a Los Angeles County jail so far in 2024.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Death

Los Angeles County has a long history of providing inmates subpar care during their incarceration. According to the Vera Institute, “Fifty-two people have died in Los Angeles County jails since the start of 2023. The overwhelming majority of deaths have occurred in the notorious Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), which has been slated to close for years, yet remains open. Every day, more people enter its doors, most simply waiting for their day in court.” Jails should take a number of actions in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should give all inmates a medical screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs of an inmate overdose.
  • Jails should perform regular wellness checks on all of the inmates in their care.

When the state assumes control over a person through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Inmates must receive adequate medical care. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that all evidence be preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Surveillance footage from within the jail should be sought.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • The circumstances leading up to any death should be understood.

Jail deaths are virtually never random. Rather, they are often the consequence of systemic failures within any jail system. This could include instances where inmates are not receiving proper care. It is important that inmates understand that they do have rights. In particular, the family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eugene Youngblood. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. All inmates have constitutional rights that must be protected, regardless of what they are accused of.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? 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 upholding constitutional standards. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident, we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

 

 

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