Male Inmate Found Deceased At The Maguire Correctional Facility In Redwood City


REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA (March 17, 2024) – A 46-year-old inmate has tragically died at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

San Mateo County officials are saying that the incident took place around 3:15 p.m. on Friday. Correctional officers were performing routine wellness checks when they noticed that an inmate was unresponsive in their cell.

Medical personnel began life-saving measures as paramedics were called. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was pronounced dead at the scene.

A full investigation into the Maguire Correctional Facility inmate death remains ongoing at this time. But suicide is a suspected cause of death.


Liability For Redwood City Inmate Deaths

Suicide remains one of the main 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 in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Jails should implement comprehensive screening measures to identify inmates at risk of suicide.
  • Jails should provide all staff with training with respect to identifying signs an inmate is at risk of suicide.
  • All jails should provide inmates with mental health services, including counseling, therapy, and medication if needed.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with care for their medical conditions. This includes mental healthcare. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to helping an inmate at risk of suicide, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate at risk of suicide.

  • Jails may have failed to screen an inmate for their risk of suicide.
  • Jails may have failed to place an inmate in a suicide-resistant cell.
  • Jails may have failed to remove objects from an inmate that could be used in a suicide, such as bedsheets.

Suicides are often highly preventable in a jail setting. There are typically clear signs an inmate is at risk of suicide. This may include instances of self-harm. Or it may include an inmate attempting suicide on previous occasions, both in and out of jail. The family of any inmate that dies while in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Maguire Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Maguire Correctional Facility. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Maguire Correctional Facility? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help you. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail medical neglect. 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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