pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064895-e1689627813992.jpgMale Inmate, 57, Died In Custody At California Medical Facility In Vacaville

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA (April 22, 2024) – A 57-year-old male inmate has tragically died in custody while staying at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

Solano County officials are saying that the incident took place on February 11. Correctional officers noticed an inmate was in distress in the common area of the facility.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite those efforts, the inmate was later pronounced dead.

Jail officials suspect that the death was due to suicide. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Solano County Inmate Deaths

Suicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, “suicides were the leading cause of jail deaths between 2000 and 2019, totaling 6,217 — 30 percent of all deaths in local jails. In 2019, the suicide rate in jails was over two times that of the general public.” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should get a mental health evaluation when they are admitted.
  • All inmates should be evaluated for potential suicide risk.
  • All inmates should be treated with dignity and respect throughout their stay.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes self-harm. To that end, jail officials must properly monitor inmates throughout their stay. Jail officials should be trained to recognize when an inmate is at risk of suicide. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate may harm themselves, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate at risk of suicide in a number of different ways.

  • A jail may not have given an inmate the medication that they required.
  • A jail may have failed to remove items that could be used for suicide from an inmate’s cell.
  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate adequate mental healthcare.

Incarceration is incredibly difficult for most people. It has been estimated that over half of the jail population were victims of physical or sexual abuse prior to their incarceration. This is why it is crucial that jails address the mental needs of inmates. But far too often, this does not happen. The family of any inmate who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At California Medical Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the family of the man who died at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials should do their part and implement greater oversight of this facility.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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