Male Inmate, 35, Died In Custody at California State Prison, Sacramento In Represa

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA (April 27, 2024) – A 35-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody while staying at the California State Prison, Sacramento in Represa.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 12. Correctional officers encountered an inmate in serious medical distress.

The circumstances leading up to this encounter remain unknown at this time. Jail staff began to help the inmate through the use of CPR and other measures.

These efforts were taken over by paramedics. Sadly, the inmate was later pronounced dead in the common area of the facility.

Liability For Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

Inmate deaths are on the rise across California. According to a new report in Axios, “In California, the 2020 death rate for those incarcerated was 40.2 for every 10,000 people — a 27% rise in death rate compared to 2019, according to the Marshall Project analysis of a study published in Science Advances.” Several counties across California have reported an increase in inmate deaths, despite a decline in inmates.

  • Tulare County
  • San Diego County
  • Kern County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County

Jails have a constitutional obligation to protect the health and safety of all inmates. Failing to fulfill this duty through negligence, deliberate indifference, or inadequate policies can lead to liability. Jails and private health care facilities can potentially be held at fault. There are a number of ways that California jails have reportedly contributed to inmate deaths.

  • Jails may not have given an inmate at risk of suicide adequate mental healthcare.
  • Jails may not have protected an inmate at risk of being attacked by other inmates.
  • Jails may have failed to transport an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when a death is due to a homicide or drug overdose. Part of the problem is that jails can be really awful places for both prisoners and guards. Many jails have high turnover rates. This leads to situations where the new guards that come in are never particularly well trained or experienced. It is important that the circumstances leading up to any death are well understood.

Investigating Inmate Deaths At California State Prison, Sacramento

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the California State Prison, Sacramento. Many questions remain unanswered. It is our sincere hope that a deeper understanding of what took place will help prevent similar tragedies.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the California State Prison, Sacramento in Represa? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to get you the support and information that you need. We are committed to holding jails accountable for their illegal and unconstitutional actions. You can reach out to our office anytime at (949) 825-5200.




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