Male Inmate, 43, Died Following Suspected Drug Overdose While Staying At The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility In San Diego

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (April 27, 2024) – A 43-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began on April 1. Correctional officers noticed one inmate experiencing symptoms consistent with a drug overdose.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which included the use of Narcan and CPR. However, these efforts were not successful, and the inmate died at the Triage and Treatment Area.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths

Jails across California have experienced a sharp increase in overdose deaths. This has been particularly pronounced in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, “In Los Angeles County, those lapses are readily apparent in the rising number of overdoses. Last year, Sheriff’s Department officials said that out of 45 jail inmate deaths, 12 were drug-related — more than twice as many as a decade earlier when the jail population was much larger.” There are a number of factors that can make inmates susceptible to overdose deaths.

  • Limited access to treatment
  • Stress and mental health issues
  • A history of substance abuse

Inmates who are under the influence of drugs are also more likely to be killed by the excessive force of officers. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. A number of steps should be taken after any in-custody death.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Autopsy records should be examined.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Inmate overdoses can be prevented in a number of different ways. For starters, jails should be doing everything in their power to prevent illicit drugs from entering the jail system. Jail healthcare providers should also be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is going through an overdose. The family of any person who died in custody due to an overdose may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Getting Legal Help After A San Diego County Inmate Death

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. There have been a number of recent deaths across San Diego County. State officials should do their part and implement greater oversight of these prisons.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help you get the information and support that you are entitled to. We care deeply that jails are upholding constitutional standards. 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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