Inmate John Grigorian Died In Suspected Homicide At Los Angeles County Jail

pexels-pixabay-236380LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 12, 2024) – A 59-year-old inmate identified as John Grigorian has tragically died following a suspected attack at a Los Angeles County jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 1. John Grigorian was apparently attacked under uncertain conditions.

Jail staff transported the inmate to the Los Angeles General Medical Center. He was taken to the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit in order to receive care.

Despite life-saving measures, John Grigorian died due to his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Homicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate injury and death in the United States. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, “Violence in prison is commonplace, tied to trauma prior to incarceration as well as mental health stressors inside. The rate of homicide in state prison is 2.5 times greater than in the U.S. population when adjusted for age, sex, and race/ethnicity.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate homicides.

  • Jails should conduct a risk assessment of all of the inmates in their care.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs of potential violence.
  • Jails should develop strategies for managing gangs within a jail.
  • Jails should ensure all inmates have access to mental health services.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to helping an inmate at risk of being attacked, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Several steps should be taken after any homicide inside a jail.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Jail records related to the death should be preserved.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when any death is due to suicide or homicide. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if someone in their care dies. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Homicides

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of John Grigorian. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.

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 are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable for their negligent 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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