Inmate Jose Gutierrez, 66, Died Following Medical Emergency After Stay At Los Angeles County Jail
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2023) – A 66-year-old inmate identified as Jose Gutierrez has tragically died following a medical emergency at a Los Angeles County jail.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on November 33. Jose Gutierrez was taken to the Los Angeles General Medical Center in order to receive treatment for a medical condition.
His condition continued to decline while he was at the hospital. Sadly, Jose Gutierrez was later pronounced dead by medical staff.
A full investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often, they are places where inmates go to be neglected and mistreated. According to National Public Radio, “Jail deaths rose 11 percent since 2000 when the U.S. Department of Justice began tallying these deaths. Suicides are the leading cause of jail deaths. Fatal drug overdoses are the fastest growing cause of death.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.
- Jails should maintain appropriate staffing levels to ensure correctional officers are able to adequately respond to medical emergencies.
- All inmates should have a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
- Jails should collaborate with external agencies to ensure that they are compliant with all regulations.
Every inmate has a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate medical care. This begins when an inmate is first admitted. Once an inmate has been booked into their cell, they must get regular welfare checks. If an inmate does not get regular welfare checks, they could easily go into medical distress and die while they are not being monitored. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any in-custody death. To make matters worse, jails will often do everything that they can to deny liability if an inmate dies in their care. The family of any person that died in jail 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 Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Gutierrez. Any person that may have more information about what went wrong should speak with investigators. The family of this man deserve to have their questions answered.
Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates get the support that they deserve and that jails are held accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any in-custody death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.