Felicia Wyatt, 35, Died In Custody Following Medical Emergency At Marin County Jail In San Rafael
SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA (January 31, 2024) – A 35-year-old inmate identified as Felicia Wyatt has tragically died while staying at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael.
Marin County officials are saying that the incident took place early Thursday. A deputy noticed that Felicia Wyatt was in need of medical attention.
Medical staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures until medics arrived. Despite those efforts, Felicia Wyatt was pronounced dead not long after medics arrived.
A full investigation into the death at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Inmate Deaths At The Marin County Jail
Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to National Public Radio, “From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or alcohol intoxication in state prisons rose more than 600%, according to an analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In county jails, overdose deaths increased by more than 200%.” There are a number of measures that jails should take to prevent overdose deaths.
- Jails should conduct thorough medical screenings for all inmates that have a history of substance abuse.
- Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate may be going through an overdose.
- Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
- Correctional staff should coordinate and share information with medical officials at the jail.
Every jail has a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. Inmates must get adequate medical care for all of their health conditions. This includes care in the event an inmate may be going through an overdose. Inmates with a history of substance abuse are also at a greater risk of going through drug withdrawal which can be deadly. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.
- The autopsy report related to the death should be examined.
- The actions of jail staff leading up to the death should be understood.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The inmate’s medical history should be reviewed.
Correctional officers are supposed to perform routine wellness checks on all of the inmates in their care. These safety checks may be required hourly or several times every hour depending on the needs of any inmate. But far too often this does not take place. The family of any person that died at a 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 Inmate Deaths At The Marin County Jail
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Felicia Wyatt. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Going to jail should never become a death sentence due to neglect. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help you get the information and support that you are entitled to. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail neglect. 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.