Inmate Justyn Labutsky, 44, Died In Suspected Homicide At Fresno County Jail

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (November 30, 2023) – A 44-year-old inmate identified as Justyn Labutsky has tragically died following a fight at a Fresno County Jail.

Fresno County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. Justyn Labutsky was apparently involved in a fight with another inmate before being found with injuries by a correctional officer.

He was transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment. Sadly, Justyn Labutsky later died due to his injuries. The in-custody death is currently being investigated as a homicide.

 

Liability For Fresno In Custody Deaths

Violence in jails and prisons across the United States remains alarmingly high. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, “The number of homicides in state prisons reached a record high of 120 deaths in 2018, a reminder that while prisons are secure, they are largely unsafe. Violence in prison is commonplace, tied to trauma prior to incarceration as well as mental health stressors inside.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to violence within the prison system.

  • Overcrowding can lead inmates to compete for limited resources such as space and food. This can easily contribute to outbursts of violence.
  • Inadequate staffing levels can also contribute to violence. Jails can be difficult places to work at and often have high turnover rates.
  • Inmates often enter the prison system with mental health issues. Untreated mental illness can lead to conflicts between inmates and violence.

All jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. When a jail has specific knowledge of particular threats and fails to act, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. For example, correctional officers may have known that an inmate was planning on attacking another inmate and failed to act all the same. There are many steps that should be taken after any inmate attack.

  • Medical records related to any death should be sought.
  • Surveillance footage should be reviewed.
  • A police report should be created.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Violence within prisons is often highly preventable. In many situations, they involve inmates with a long history with one another. Jails should do their best to separate these inmates, but this does not always happen. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a constitutional 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 Fresno County Jail Deaths

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

Do you need more information about a Fresno County inmate death? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their negligence. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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