Male Inmate, 63, Died Following Medical Emergency At Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles County

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064895-e1689627813992.jpgLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 20, 2024) – A 63-year-old inmate has tragically died while staying at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Saturday. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in medical distress.

He was taken to the jail’s infirmary to receive additional care. Despite these efforts, he was later pronounced dead.

His suspected cause of death has been listed as sepsis. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles has a very poor track record with respect to the care that inmates have received. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Severe conditions in the county’s jails provoked a visit from a panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in April and, in May, triggered protests by health care workers in the jails, who say that staffing shortages have left them unable to provide care to patients in these dangerously overcrowded facilities.” LA County inmates have been subjected to numerous forms of mistreatment.

  • Inmates have reported not getting care for their medical needs.
  • Inmates have reported being placed in solitary confinement for extended periods.
  • Inmates have reported not getting adequate mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have reported being attacked by guards and other inmates.

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could be liable if an inmate dies in their care. Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonable care for all of their medical conditions. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate a proper medical screening before they were booked into jail.
  • A jail may have failed to help an inmate going through an overdose.
  • A jail may have failed to help an inmate with a pre-existing medical condition.

Los Angeles County has been quick to label in-custody deaths as “natural.” But a review of all of the “natural” in-custody deaths in LA has shown that this label can often be misleading. For example, a large portion of these deaths involve inmates who were in their 30’s or 40’s. It is important that inmates and their family members understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and 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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