pexels-pixabay-236380Male Inmate Died In Custody At Calipatria State Prison In Calipatria

CALIPATRIA, CALIFORNIA (April 24, 2024) – A 42-year-old male inmate has tragically died in custody at the Calipatria State Prison in Calipatria.

Imperial County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 15. A correctional officer noticed that an inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures in order to help the man. He was eventually taken to the Triage and Treatment Area (TTA) of the prison.

But efforts to save him were not successful. Very few details about the death have been released other than that it was “unexpected.”

Liability For Imperial County Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of inmate mortality in the United States. Many of these deaths involve inmates who are relatively young. According to Open Justice, “The average age of individuals who died in custody was 52 years old. Those who died of natural causes were older on average (65 years old). Those who died by homicide and suicide tended to be younger (39 and 40 years old, respectively).” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Respiratory illness
  • Cancer
  • Drug overdoses

Inmates enter the jail system with a wide variety of health needs. The jails that house them have a legal obligation to accommodate and treat these needs. Some inmates may only need occasional checkups, while others may require care for chronic health conditions. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Several steps should be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • The autopsy results should be reviewed.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be conducted.
  • Surveillance footage related to the death should be sought.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails are often quick to label in-custody deaths as natural. But the facts of the matter are that this designation can be highly misleading. A large portion of inmate deaths that were supposedly natural involve some amount of medical neglect. It is important that family members of inmates understand that they do have rights. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Getting Legal Help After An Inmate Death

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Calipatria State Prison. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. It is our hope that greater oversight of this jail will prevent other tragedies.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the Calipatria State Prison? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held responsible for their unconstitutional actions. 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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