Inmate Jason Dow, 48, Died While Staying At The Justice Center Detention Facility In Solano County
SOLANO COUNTY, TEXAS (January 16, 2024) – A 48-year-old inmate identified as Jason Dow has tragically died after a medical emergency at a Solano County jail.
Solano County officials are saying that the incident took place on Friday. Correctional officers noticed that Jason Dow was unresponsive in his jail cell.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was transported to the NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield. Sadly, his condition continued to decline at the hospital.
Jason Dow was pronounced dead by medical staff five days later. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Solano County Inmate Deaths
California has one of the highest rate of inmate deaths in the United States. However, some counties within California fare far worse than others. According to Analytica Consulting, “San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties have relatively low numbers of total deaths. Los Angeles County has the highest total deaths at 290. San Diego County has the second highest total deaths at 141.” Inmates across California have been subjected to numerous forms of mistreatment.
- Inmates have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement.
- Inmates have been denied mental healthcare.
- Inmates have been sexually abused by other inmates and jail guards.
- Inmates have not been given the medication that they require.
A jail or private healthcare provider could be liable for the death of an inmate. Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with medical care for all of their needs. This begins when an inmate is first admitted. They should get a thorough health screening. Sadly, though, this does not always happen. Jail officials often place inmates in a cell before they are medically cleared to be there. There are many other ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.
- Jails may have failed to place an inmate on a medical detox protocol.
- Jails may have failed to give an inmate Narcan if they were going through an overdose.
- Jail officials may have failed to follow the advice of medical professionals.
Factors that may have contributed to an inmate’s death may have taken place days, weeks or even months beforehand. A large number of inmate deaths are preventable. This is particularly true when an inmate dies due to a drug or alcohol overdose. If a jail was deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional 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 Solano County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jason Dow. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.
Do you need more information about a Solano County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jail officials are held to account for their neglect. 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.