Male Inmate Died of Suspected Overdose While Staying At The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) In San Diego

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2024) – A 43-year-old inmate has tragically died while staying at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) in San Diego.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 1. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in medical distress.

Life-saving measures were taken at the Triage and Treatment Area, but those efforts were not successful. The inmate was later pronounced dead at the jail.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths

Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Just as punitive responses to drug use have driven incarceration, substantial evidence suggests that incarceration is associated with increased risk for overdose death. Research has confirmed that overdose is the leading cause of death among people recently released from prisons, as well as the third leading cause of deaths in custody in U.S. jails.” There are a number of drugs that can lead to overdose death in jail.

  • Opioids
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants
  • Alcohol

All inmates have a legal right to get adequate care for all of their medical conditions. This includes care for acute medical issues such as drug overdoses. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate overdoses.

  • Jails should do everything in their power to prevent illicit drugs from entering the facility.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jail officials should be trained to recognize the signs of an overdose.

The vast majority of inmate overdose deaths are preventable. In many situations, jail officials fail to properly monitor the inmates in their care. They may miss the obvious signs that an inmate is going through an overdose. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating San Diego County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) in San Diego. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. State officials should do their part and implement measures to prevent similar events from taking place.

Do you need more information about a San Diego County inmate’s death? 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 may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

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