Female Inmate, 38, Died In Custody At The Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522LYNWOOD, CALIFORNAI (April 26, 2024) – A 38-year-old woman has tragically died in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 26. Correctional officers noticed that the woman was in need of medical assistance.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite those efforts, she was later pronounced dead inside her cell.

Autopsy results for the death are pending at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often, they are where people go to be neglected or abused. This is all the more distressing given the fact that a large portion of the people in jail are awaiting trial and have therefore been convicted of no crime. According to National Public Radio, “Unlike state and federal prisons, which hold people convicted of serious crimes, jails are locally run lockups meant to detain people awaiting arraignment or trial, or those serving short sentences. The toll of jail inmates who die without a case resolution subverts a fundamental tenet of the U.S. criminal justice system: innocent until proven guilty.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Drug overdoses
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Homicide
  • Cancer

Many inmate deaths are unavoidable. People might enter the prison system with terminal illnesses. But a large portion of inmate deaths are preventable and due to some amount of medical neglect. If a jail is deliberately indifferent about the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to take proper care of an inmate.

  • A jail may have failed to provide an inmate with the with the necessary medical care or medication.
  • A jail may have failed to address an inmate’s mental health needs.
  • A jail may force inmates to live in unsanitary living conditions.

It can be difficult to know what to do after a loved one dies in custody. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about what took place. These institutions are quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But this label is often highly misleading. In Los Angeles County, a huge portion of supposedly natural deaths involve inmates in their 30’s and 40’s. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Death At Century Regional Detention Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who died at the Century Regional Detention Facility. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The number of deaths that have taken place across LA County in recent months remains deeply concerning.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the Century Regional Detention Facility? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to holding jails accountable for their neglect and wrongful actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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