pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Investigation Underway After 49-Year-Old Inmate Died At Elmwood Correctional Facility In Santa Clara County 

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2024) – A 49-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.

Santa Clara County officials are saying that the incident took place on Friday. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was unresponsive in his cell.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite life-saving measures, the Elmwood Correctional Facility inmate died at the hospital.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the death may have been due to suicide.

Liability For Santa Clara County Inmate Deaths

Far too many inmates die due to suicide every year. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, “suicides were the leading cause of jail deaths between 2000 and 2019, totaling 6,217 — 30 percent of all deaths in local jails. In 2019, the suicide rate in jails was over two times that of the general public.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should undergo a thorough mental health screening when they are first admitted.
  • All jails must closely monitor inmates who are at increased risk of suicide.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs that an inmate may be at risk of suicide.
  • Jails should develop and enforce comprehensive suicide prevention policies.

Every jail has a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. To that end, jails must provide inmates with adequate healthcare for all of their conditions. This includes mental healthcare. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are a number of ways that an inmate may have failed to adequately care for an inmate who died of suicide.

  • Jails may have failed to give an inmate a thorough mental health screening.
  • Jails may have failed to place an inmate in a suicide-resistant cell.
  • Jails may have failed to give an inmate the medications that they needed.

Jails should take a holistic approach in order to prevent inmate suicides. This includes treating all inmates with respect and doing their best to give inmates lives worth living. Sadly, though, this often doesn’t take place. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any inmate who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Santa Clara County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas? 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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