Inmate Guy Perez Died In Suspected Homicide At Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility In San Diego County
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (February 6, 2024) – An inmate identified as Guy Perez has died in custody at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County.
San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began around 2:20 p.m. on February 3. Jail staff noticed two inmates striking Guy Perez with some type of inmate-manufactured weapon.
Chemical agents were used to stop the attack. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
Guy Perez was transported to the jails triage unit in order to receive care for multiple puncture wounds. Despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For San Diego County Inmate Homicides
Homicides remain one of the major causes of death and injury across California. According to ProPublica, “Some California county jails saw their rate of inmate-on-inmate homicides triple or quadruple, and statewide the number rose 46% after 2011 prison reforms shifted responsibility from state prisons to county lockups. As sheriffs and jail staffs strain, some inmate crimes go undetected for hours.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate homicides.
- Jails should create a threat profile of each inmate.
- Jails should typically keep inmates in rival gangs away from each-other.
- Jails should segregate violent inmates from non-violent offenders.
- Jails should make sure that inmates are not competing for their basic needs.
Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. When a jail has particular knowledge of specific threats against an inmate, they must take action. Failing to take action in such a circumstance could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate homicide.
- The weapons involved in any homicide should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- The history between the assailant and the attacker should be understood.
- All medical records related to the attack should be reviewed.
Homicides within the jail system are highly preventable. They tend to me much more likely to take place at jails that are understaffed. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if an inmate in their care is attacked. This is why it is so important to seek legal counsel early on if someone that you care about has been attacked at a jail.
Investigating San Diego County Inmate Homicides
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Guy Perez. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family. Going to jail should never become a death sentence due to violence or neglect. Every person has rights under the constitution that must be respected.
Do you need more information about a San Diego County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 any type of support we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.