Male Inmate, 31, Died In Custody At Folsom State Prison In Represa

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064895-e1689627813992.jpgREPRESA, CALIFORNIA (April 24, 2024) – A 31-year-old man has tragically died in custody at Folsom State Prison in Represa.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 15. Correctional officers have said that they noticed the inmate was in need of aid.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. The inmate was taken from Folsom State Prison to an off-site hospital.

Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was pronounced dead at the hospital. His suspected cause of death has been listed as suicide.

Liability For Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

Jails can be gloomy and depressing places, even in the best of circumstances. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A total of 340 persons in state and federal prisons and 355 persons in local jails died by suicide in 2019, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. The number of suicides in local jails increased 5% from 2018 to 2019, while suicides in state and federal prisons were stable. Suicides accounted for 30% of deaths in local jails and 8% of deaths in state and federal prisons in 2019, based on the most recent mortality data from BJS.” There are a number of steps that jail officials should look out for that could indicate an inmate is at risk of suicide.

  • Inmates are at greater risk of suicide in the future if they have attempted to commit suicide in the past.
  • Inmates are at greater risk of suicide if they have a history of mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, or
  • Inmates are at greater risk of suicide if they have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. To that end, jails must also protect inmates at risk of self-harm. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to an inmate at risk of suicide, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Jails may need to remove items from an inmate cell that could aid in self-harm.
  • Jails should make sure that inmates receive a mental health evaluation.
  • Jails should perform periodic wellness checks on all inmates.
  • Inmates at heightened risk of suicide may need to be placed in specialized cells for closer monitoring.

Jails should take a holistic approach to prevent inmate suicides. This includes treating all inmates with dignity and respect. It also includes giving them lives worth living. Even certain architectural changes that include letting in more natural light can make a big difference at scale. The family of an inmate who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Folsom State Prison in Represa. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place. It is our hope that measures are put in place to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate’s death at Folsom 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 those rights are being protected. 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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