pexels-pixabay-236380Marin County Officials Investigating Death of Juan Inzunza At San Quentin Rehabilitation Center

SAN QUENTIN, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2024) – A 40-year-old inmate identified as Juan Inzunza has tragically died while staying at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center.

Marin County officials are saying that the incident began around 9:46 p.m. on Thursday. Corrections offices noticed that Juan Inzunza was found unresponsive in his jail cell.

Staff at the jail began life-saving measures before paramedics arrived. Juan Inzunza was transported to an outside hospital in order to receive additional care.

But those efforts were not successful, and he was pronounced dead around 11:14 p.m. that same day. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Marin County Inmate Deaths 

Thousands of people die in custody each year in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A total of 4,234 persons died in state and federal prisons in 2019, a 6.6% decrease from the 4,515 deaths in 2018 reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) Mortality in Correctional Institutions (MCI, formerly the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program) data collection.” An inmate may die in custody for any number of different reasons.

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

All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate care for their medical conditions. The U.S. Supreme Court has held in Estelle vs. Gamble that depriving inmates of adequate care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take many measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should perform periodic wellness checks on all of the inmates in their care.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jails should work closely with outside healthcare agencies.
  • Jails should thoroughly investigate why all inmate deaths in their care take place.

Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But this designation can often be highly misleading. The fact of the matter is that many inmate deaths labeled as “natural” involve some amount of medical neglect. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in jail may be able to seek some measure of justice 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 Marin County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Juan Inzunza. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be some accountability for what took place.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. 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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