Inmate Joshua Garbutt Died While Staying At The Trinity County Jail In Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE, CALIFORNIA (January 18, 2024) – A 32-year-old inmate identified as Joshua Garbutt  has tragically died while staying at the Trinity County Jail in Weaverville.

Trinity County officials are saying that the incident took place on January 14. Correctional officers noticed that Joshua Garbutt was in need of medical aid.

Jail staff began life-saving measures which were later taken over by paramedics. Despite those efforts, Joshua Garbutt  was later pronounced dead.

This is the second death at the Trinity County Jail in less than one week. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Trinity County Jail Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of in-custody death. These deaths can take place for many different reasons. According to Open Justice, “The majority of deaths in custody from 2010 to 2019 resulted from natural causes such as illnesses among jail and prison inmates serving their sentences after a conviction. Roughly one-fifth of deaths occurred during the process of arrest. Homicide by law enforcement officers or staff and suicide among the incarcerated were the second and third leading causes of death. The fourth leading cause was accidental deaths.” There are many different factors that could contribute to any inmate death.

  • Suicide is far more likely at jails that have little to no mental health offerings.
  • Homicides are more likely at jails that are overcrowded where inmates compete for resources.
  • Overdoses are more likely at jails that lack Narcan and trained medical professionals.

When the state assumes control of someone through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Jails must give all inmates healthcare for their medical needs. This includes care for chronic and acute health conditions. Every inmate enters the jail system with a unique set of healthcare needs. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in many different ways.

  • Jail officials may not have medically cleared an inmate before putting them in a cell.
  • Jail officials may not have given an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to protect an inmate at risk of being attacked by other inmates.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. They tend to occur at jails that are not upholding constitutional standards. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in a county 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 Trinity County Jail Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joshua Garbutt. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.

Do you need more information about a Trinity County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable 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.



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