Inmate Houros Ramos, 35, Died At Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 11, 2024) – A 35-year-old inmate identified as Houros Ramos has tragically died while staying at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 9. Correctional officers noticed that Houros Ramos was in some type of medical distress.

Medical staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite those efforts, Houros Ramos was pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Heart issues remain a leading cause of inmate mortality. According to the Journal of American Cardiology, “Currently, 2.2 million individuals are incarcerated and more than 11 million have been released from U.S. correctional facilities. Individuals with a history of incarceration are more likely to be of racial and ethnic minority populations, poor, and have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors, especially smoking and hypertension.” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should make sure that all inmates get a thorough health screening.
  • Jails should make sure that all inmates are given the medication that is required.
  • Jails should make sure that inmates are properly monitored during their stay.

When the state assumes control over a person through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Jails must make sure that inmates are given adequate care. The level of care that any inmate may need will depend largely on their health profile. Inmates with pre-existing medical conditions will typically need much more care. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be sought.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • It should be determined if the inmate requested medical aid.
  • The actions of jail officials leading up to the death should be understood.

Inmate deaths are rarely the result of the negligent actions of a single person. Rather, they tend to occur due to systemic failures within any jail. This could include instances when a jail is overcrowded. When a jail has too many inmates, this can stretch thin the care that all of the inmates receive. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Houros Ramos. This is the second death at this jail in less than a week. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that greater oversight of this facility will lead to lasting reform.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping families who have been impacted by jail medical neglect and law enforcement abuses of power. 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.

 

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