Jedidiah Peltier (Full Name: Jedidiah Clinton Peltier), 45, of Redding, Died At The Shasta County Jail

pexels-ron-lach-10475008REDDING, CALIFORNIA (February 24, 2024) – A 45-year-old inmate from Redding identified as Jedidiah Peltier has tragically died while staying at the Shasta County Jail.

Shasta County officials are saying that the incident took place just before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Jail officials noticed that Jedidiah Peltier was unresponsive in his jail cell.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. Despite life-saving measures, medics were not able to save Jedidiah Peltier.

This is the third death at the Shasta County Jail since December. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Shasta County Jail Inmate Deaths

There are many reasons that an inmate may die while in custody. But drug overdoses remain a major cause of inmate death and injury. According to National Public Radio, “Even outside of prisons and jails, drug overdose deaths are at historic levels, according to federal data released on Wednesday. Last year, the nationwide death toll increased by nearly 30% from 2019. The devastating trend was driven by opioids, primarily illegal fentanyl.” There are a number of other common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Heart attacks
  • Septic shock
  • Respiratory illnesses

A jail or private healthcare provider could face civil liability if an inmate dies in their care. Jails have a legal obligation to care for all inmates. The level of care that any inmate may need will depend largely on their unique health profile. Some inmates may need constant care, while others may only need occasional checkups. A jail or law enforcement agency may have failed to properly care for any inmate in many ways.

  • Police officials may fail to give an inmate adequate care while they are being arrested.
  • Jails may fail to medically clear inmates before they are placed in a cell.
  • Jails may have failed to help an inmate at risk of suicide.

Being incarcerated can have a very profound negative impact on a person’s health. This is one of the reasons that jails should be proactive about caring for every inmate. But far too often, jails will wait until smaller problems become much larger. In many situations, jail officials will delay taking an inmate to the hospital until they are in a medical emergency.

 

Investigating Shasta County Jail Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jedidiah Peltier. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The number of deaths at this jail in recent months remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Shasta County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help you. We care deeply that inmates are treated fairly and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. 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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