Male Inmate, 35, Died While Staying At The Pelican Bay State Prison In Crescent City

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2024) – A 35-year-old male inmate has tragically died while staying at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City.

Del Norte County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 2. The incident began in the general housing area of the facility.

Jail guards noticed that an inmate was in need of medical aid. The exact set of circumstances leading up to this incident remains unknown.

Jail staff began life-saving measures as paramedics were called. Despite these efforts, the inmate was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Crescent City Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody every year. Many of these deaths take place before inmates are even convicted of the crimes that they are being held for. According to the New York Times, “Altogether, at least 6,182 people died in American prisons in 2020, compared with 4,240 the previous year, even as the country’s prison population declined to about 1.3 million from more than 1.4 million.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Drug overdoses
  • Heart attacks
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory illnesses

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Estelle v. Gambele that it is unconstitutional for jails to deprive inmates of adequate medical care. Failing to give inmates adequate care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. A number of inmate deaths are also due to the excessive force of correctional officers. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • The actions of jail officials leading up to a death should be determined.

In general, jail officials should perform periodic wellness checks on all of the inmates in their care. This will typically need to happen hourly or several times an hour. Certain inmates with specific medical conditions may need to be monitored even more closely. In these situations, they may need to be taken to an off-site hospital. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Crescent City Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. The number of inmate deaths in this county in recent years remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that jails are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. 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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