Male Inmate, 57, Died In Custody At Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility In San Diego

pexels-ron-lach-10475008SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (April 22, 2024) – A 57-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 17. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures before the inmate was taken to the Triage and Treatment Area (TTA). Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was later pronounced dead at the jail.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths

Deaths in the San Diego jail system remain all too common. According to Cal Matters, “The San Diego County jails system set a record high of 18 deaths in 2021. A new sheriff took over in February 2022, and the jails matched its record total deaths again. The county jail’s death rate in 2023 was the third-highest on record, following only 2021 and 2022.” Jails should take a number of steps in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should have a thorough health screening when they are admitted.
  • All inmates should be monitored thoroughly during their stay.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to prevent inmate overdoses.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with reasonable care for their health conditions. Jails can be particularly hard on people who have pre-existing medical conditions. Simply being incarcerated can dramatically impact a person’s overall well-being. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The actions of correctional officers leading up to the death should be understood.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

It can be hard to know where to begin after an inmate’s death. Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as natural. But this label can be highly misleading. A large portion of inmate deaths listed as natural involve some amount of medical neglect. The family of any person 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 San Diego County Inmate Deaths   

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar incidents.

Do you need more information about an inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. 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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