Male Inmate Died Following Medical Emergency At San Diego Central Jail

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (February 6, 2024) – A 54-year-old inmate has tragically died following a medical emergency at the San Diego Central Jail.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident took place around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. Correctional officers and a nurse noticed that the inmate was suffering through some type of medical emergency.

Paramedics provided life-saving measures in order to help the inmate who was transferred to the hospital. Despite those efforts, the inmate was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths

San Diego County has a long and sordid history with respect to the care that they have given inmates. According to Corrections 1, “San Diego County jails have been under scrutiny in recent years because of a high rate of in-custody deaths — 185 in 15 years. The Union-Tribune’s 2019 series “Dying Behind Bars” revealed the mortality rate in San Diego jails was the highest among large counties in the state.” Inmates across San Diego have face a number of poor conditions.

  • Inmates have claimed that they have been denied mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have claimed jail officials have retaliated against them.
  • Inmates have claimed that jail staff have used excessive force.

Jails across California have a legal obligation to provide all of the inmates in their care with adequate medical treatment. The level of care that any inmate should receive will depend largely on whether or not they had any pre-existing health conditions. For example, an inmate’s heart disease may require certain medications. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • Jail officials may have failed to perform routine wellness checks.
  • Jail officials may have not followed the medical instructions of doctors or nurses.
  • Jail officials may have failed to take action when an inmate was showing signs of medical distress.

It can be hard to know what to do after any inmate death. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about what took place. They are often quick to claim that any inmate death was “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that a large portion of inmate deaths involve some amount of jail medical neglect. The family of any person that died in a San Diego County 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 that died at the San Diego Central Jail. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of this inmate’s family. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed at the San Diego Central Jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys are 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 a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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