pexels-pixabay-236380Inmate Jubal Hunter, 60, Died Following Medical Emergency At Los Angeles County Jail

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 21, 2024) – A 60-year-old inmate identified as Jubal Hunter has tragically died while staying at a Los Angeles County Jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday. Jail staff noticed that Jubal Hunter was in need of medical assistance.

He was transported to Los Angeles General Medical Center. Sadly, his condition continued to decline and Jubal Hunter later died at the hospital.

His medical cause of death was listed as multi-organ failure. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of inmate death in the United States. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Overcrowded facilities are the most significant single factor driving jail deaths in Los Angeles. The jail system has operated as high as 16.7 percent over capacity since the start of last year. This means that not only are the facilities physically crowded, but resources are also being stretched beyond their breaking point.” Inmates may die from many different conditions or circumstances.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Septic shock

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could be liable for the death of an inmate. Jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with adequate care for their medical conditions. The level of care that any inmate will need will depend largely on their health profile. Inmates with pre-existing medical conditions will typically need more care. Jails tend to make a number of mistakes when it comes to properly treating inmates.

  • Jails may fail to perform periodic wellness checks.
  • Jail providers may give inmates the incorrect dose of a medication.
  • Jails may fail to medically clear an inmate before placing them in a cell.
  • Jails may fail to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

A high level of inmate deaths in a specific jail or county is typically indicative of systematic failures. This may include instances where inmates are not getting adequate care due to overcrowding. It may also involve jail officials allowing large amounts of illegal substances to enter the jail system. For example, many jails across Los Angeles are dealing with fentanyl and other drugs coming in from various sources. The family of any person that died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jubal Hunter. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are doing everything that they can to keep inmates safe and healthy. 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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