Third Inmate Died In Less Than One Month At The West Valley Detention Center In Rancho Cucamonga

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA (January 2, 2023) – A male inmate has tragically died during his stay at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident began on December 22. The male inmate was transported to a nearby hospital after making medical complaints.

He was admitted to the intensive care unit where he remained for one week. He was taken back to the jail’s hospital ward where his condition continued to deteriorate.

He was transported back to the intensive care unit at the hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m. on December 29.


Liability For Rancho Cucamonga Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of inmate death in the United States. This is due in part to the poor jail conditions that inmates often endure. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, “Today, prisons and jails in America are in crisis. Incarcerated people are beaten, stabbed, raped, and killed in facilities run by corrupt officials who abuse their power with impunity. People who need medical care, help managing their disabilities, mental health and addiction treatment, and suicide prevention are denied care, ignored, punished, and placed in solitary confinement.” There are a number of factors that can contribute to poor jail conditions.

  • Overcrowding
  • Under-staffing
  • Inadequate funding
  • Lack of rehabilitation programs

All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare for their medical needs. The level of care that an inmate may need will depend on their unique health profile. Some inmates may only need regular checkups while others  may need continuous care. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are many ways that any jail may have contributed to an inmate’s death.

  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they required.
  • A jail may have failed to care for an inmate in medical distress.
  • Jail staff may have failed to follow the medical instructions of doctors or nurses.

Jails are supposed to make sure that inmates are medically cleared before they are housed inside of the jail. But in many situations, this does not take place. Inmates with very serious health needs are placed in single cells and ignored as they continue to deteriorate. The family of any person that died in-custody 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 Rancho Cucamonga Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate that died at the West Valley Detention Center. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This is the third death at this jail in less than a month. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of those who have lost someone.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the West Valley Detention Center? 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 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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