Liutoa Vili (Full Name: Liutoa Vitale Vili) Died After Being Found Unresponsive At San Diego Central Jail

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (February 8, 2024) – A 54-year-old inmate identified as Liutoa Vili has tragically died following some type of medical emergency at the San Diego Central Jail.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Correctional officers noticed that Liutoa Vili was in need of medical aid.

However, he became unresponsive on his way to a medical evaluation. Liutoa Vili  was transferred to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Inmate Deaths At The San Diego Central Jail

Thousands of inmates die every year in jails and prisons across the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “In 2019, there were 1,200 deaths in local jails, a more than 5% increase from 2018 (1,138 deaths). The local jail mortality rate in 2019 was 167 deaths per 100,000 inmates, up 11% from 2000 (151 per 100,000).” Inmates face a variety of health challenges during their incarceration.

  • The physical and psychological stressors from incarceration are known to exasperate pre-existing health conditions.
  • A large portion of inmates enter the jail system as victims of physical abuse and mental health disorders.
  • Inmates also suffer from heart disease in higher numbers.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with access to reasonably adequate healthcare. The level of care that any inmate may need will depend largely on their unique health profile. Inmates are supposed to be medically cleared before they are put in prison cells. But this does not always happen. There are a number of ways that jail officials may have inadvertently contributed to any inmate’s death.

  • Jail officials may have delayed getting an inmate medical care.
  • Jail officials may not have performed periodic wellness checks on an inmate.
  • Jail officials may not have followed the medical directions of healthcare professionals.

There are typically clear signs that an inmate is in medical distress. As an inmate’s health deteriorates, these signs may become more and more obvious. In far too many situations, jails will delay getting an inmate care until it is too late. The family of any person that died in a county 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 Inmate Deaths At The San Diego Central Jail

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Liutoa Vili. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability and transparency for the sake of this man’s family. Many questions remain unanswered.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the San Diego Central Jail? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable for their neglect and wrongful actions. Whether you just have 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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