Male Inmate, 26, Died While Staying Calipatria State Prison In Imperial County

pexels-ron-lach-10475008IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2024) – A 26-year-old inmate has tragically died while staying at the Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County.

Imperial County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 26. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Life-saving measures were taken in order to save the inmate. But those efforts proved to be ineffective.

A full investigation into the death at Calipatria State Prison remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Imperial County Inmate Deaths

Inmates are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often, they are where people go to be neglected and mistreated. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “In 2019, a total of 3,853 prisoners died in state prisons or private prison facilities under a state contract, a decrease of 284 deaths from 2018. The number of federal prisoners who died in the custody of a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) increased from 378 in 2018 to 381 in 2019.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a health screening before they are admitted.
  • 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.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. Despite this, many inmate deaths are due to the excessive force of correctional 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. Several steps should be taken after any in-custody death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be sought.
  • The number of other deaths at the jail should be determined.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” but this label can be highly misleading. A large number of “natural” deaths in jail involve inmates who are in their 20s or 30s. The fact of the matter is that many inmate deaths labeled as natural involve some amount of medical neglect. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights.

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Calipatria State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Calipatria State Prison. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Do you need more information about a death at the Calipatria State Prison? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by jail neglect and law enforcement abuses of power. 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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