Inmate Garland Johnson, 44, Died While In Custody At The Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

pexels-ron-lach-10474996LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 5, 2024) – A 44-year-old inmate identified as Garland Johnson has tragically died while in custody at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 26, 2024. There are very few details about what happened leading up to the death.

Correctional officers noticed Garland Johnson in his cell. Life-saving measures were attempted. But those efforts were not successful and Garland Johnson was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Far too many inmates die in custody across LA County each year. The Men’s Central Jail has a particularly bad track record. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “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.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Suicide
  • Medical neglect

All inmates have a constitutional right to receive adequate care for all of their medical conditions. This starts when inmates are first admitted. They must get a health screening. Inmates with pre-existing medical conditions are much more likely to have serious health problems if they are not being properly cared for. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Certain steps should be taken after any in-custody death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be collected.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails across Los Angeles are quick to label inmate deaths as natural. But this label can often be highly misleading. Many of the supposedly natural deaths that occur involve inmates in their 30’s and 40’s. This is why it is so important to get a second opinion if someone that you love has died in custody. The family of any person that died in a LA County jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Garland Johnson. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our 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 is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and working to ensure that those rights are being protected. 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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