Inmate Kurt Dasilva, 45, Died After Being Found Unresponsive At The Justice Center Detention Facility In Solano County
SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (January 16, 2024) – A 45-year-old inmate identified as Kurt Dasilva has tragically died after staying at the Justice Center Detention Facility in Solano County.
Solano County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. Correctional officers noticed that Kurt Dasilva was unresponsive in his jail cell.
Jail staff began life-saving measures which were taken over by paramedics. Sadly, Kurt Dasilva was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into the cause of the death remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Solano County Inmate Deaths
Thousands of inmates die in custody each year. Several causes in particular are involved in a disproportionate number of in-custody deaths. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Between 2001 and 2004, State prison authorities nationwide reported a total of 12,129 State prisoner deaths to the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP).* Nearly 9 in 10 of these deaths (89%) were attributed to medical conditions. Fewer than 1 in 10 were the result of suicide (6%) and homicide (2%), while alcohol/drug intoxication and accidental injury accounted for another 1% each.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.
- Jails should conduct a thorough health assessment in order to determine if any inmate has any pre-existing medical conditions.
- Jails should have robust suicide prevention protocols.
- Jail staff should be trained in emergency response and CPR.
- Jail staff should conduct periodic safety checks on all of the inmates.
When an inmate is found unresponsive in their own cell, this is often due to them not getting adequate healthcare. For example, an inmate may have been going through a medical emergency. But jail staff may not find out till later because they were not performing safety checks. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any inmate death.
- The history of deaths at the jail should be documented.
- Surveillance footage related to the death should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
Jails can be very dangerous places even in the best of circumstances. A large portion of the inmates that die were never even formally convicted of the crimes that they were being held on. Jail staff are supposed to tend to the needs of inmates. But in far too many situations, jail staff won’t bother to intervene until an inmate is already in medical distress. The family of any person that died in a Solano County jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating Solano County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kurt Dasilva. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight of this jail so that other tragedies can be prevented.
Do you need more information about a Solano County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that jails are upholding constitutional standards. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.