Male Inmate, 28, Died While Staying At Mule Creek State Prison Following Suspected Suicide

prison-g441076801_640LONE, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2024) – A 28-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody while staying at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) in Lone.

Amador County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 24. Jail officials noticed that the inmate was unresponsive.

Medical staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. The inmate was taken to an off-site hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Jail officials believe that suicide was the cause of death. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Inmate Deaths In Amador County

Suicide is one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “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. Nearly a fifth (19%) of the nation’s 1,161 state and federal prisons and a tenth (9%) of the 2,845 local jails had at least one suicide in 2019.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Inmates should get a mental health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is at risk of suicide.
  • Inmates at heightened risk of suicide may need to be placed in specialized cells.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from foreseeable sources of harm. This includes protecting inmates at risk of suicide. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate is 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.

  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate adequate mental healthcare.
  • Jail officials may have failed to recognize that an inmate was at greater risk of suicide.
  • Jail officials may have failed to adequately monitor an inmate at risk of suicide.

It can be hard to know where to begin after an inmate’s death. To make matters worse, jails will often do everything that they can to deny liability if any inmate dies in their care. This is why it is so important that all evidence related to any in custody death is properly preserved. If someone that you love has died in custody, a civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Mule Creek State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at Mule Creek State Prison. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what took place.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at Mule Creek State Prison? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to assist you. We are committed to helping victims of jail neglect understand their rights and making sure that those rights are protected. 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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