Inmate Jorge Macay, 41, (Full Name: Jorge Carlos Macay) Died Following Medical Emergency At San Francisco County Jail —> GoFundMe Created To Support Victim’s Family
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (December 2, 2023) – An inmate identified as Jorge Macay has tragically died in custody at a San Francisco County jail.
San Francisco County officials are saying that the incident took place at County Jail No. 2. Jorge Macay was experiencing some type of medical emergency before jail staff stepped in to help him.
Medical personnel performed life-saving measures, but those efforts were not successful. Jorge Macay was later pronounced dead.
You can help support his family through GoFundMe. According to the online fundraiser, “Jorge Carlos Macay lost his life at San Francisco County Jail at the age of 41. For four decades Jorge has left a warm memorabilia in each of everyone’s hearts. To know him was to love him. There are stories about him across the entire Bay Area, leaving his mark as a joyful, goofy, wise man.”
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For San Francisco County Inmate Deaths
People often enter the jail system with a variety of different medical challengers and health needs. These health conditions are often made substantially worse through incarceration. This is particularly true for mental health conditions. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, “Research shows that, while it varies from person to person, incarceration is linked to mood disorders including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.” Many different jail conditions could potentially contribute to an in-custody death.
- Overcrowding can spread the medical resources that jails have thin. This can lead to sub-standard care and contribute to deaths.
- Poorly trained staff may not be able to recognize when an inmate is in greater need of medical care.
- Unsanitary living conditions can contribute to the spread of infectious diseases and infections.
The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits jails from utilizing cruel and unusual punishment. Denying inmates access to medical care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are a number of ways that a jail may have contributed to an in-custody death.
- A jail may have failed to perform regular welfare checks to determine that an inmate was alright.
- Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate Narcan if they were going through a drug overdose.
- Jail officials may have failed to send an inmate to the hospital when they need more extensive care.
Jails are often quick to label in-custody deaths as “natural.” But the truth of the matter is that many in-custody deaths involve some amount of jail medical neglect. This could involve jail staff or a private healthcare company. 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 A San Francisco County Inmate Death
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jorge Macay. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at a San Francisco County jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates understand their rights and that jails are following the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can contact us anytime at (949) 825-5200.