pexels-pixabay-236380Male Inmate, 48, Died In Custody At California State Prison, Los Angeles County In Lancaster

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2024) – A 48-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 29. Jail and medical staff noticed that an inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures before taking the inmate to the prison’s Triage and Treatment Area. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate later died due to their injuries.

A full investigation into the cause of the incident remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of inmate deaths in California. According to the Vera Institute for Justice, “Ten people have died in Los Angeles County jails this year so far. Their deaths continue a deadly trend; 55 people have died in the system’s custody since the start of 2023.” Jails should take a number of steps in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a thorough medical exam.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

When the state assumes control over a person’s autonomy, certain constitutional standards will apply. People who are in jail are not able to seek out medical care for themselves. So jails have a legal obligation to provide that care. Failing to give inmates adequate care for their medical needs is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to provide proper care for an inmate who died.

  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to medically clear an inmate before placing them in a cell.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. They tend to occur when jails are overcrowded. When a jail is overcrowded, this can impact the quality of care that all inmates receive. In far too many situations, inmates won’t get the care that they need until they are already in medical distress. But by this time, it may already be too late. The family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the authorities. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County? 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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