Inmate Luke Hanchette, 44, of Hemet, Died During His Stay At The Robert Presley Detention Center In Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (December 17, 2023) – A 44-year-old man identified as Luke Hanchette has died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 6:51 a.m. on Wednesday. Correctional officers noticed that Luke Hanchette was unresponsive in his cell.

Medical staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. Despite life-saving measures, Luke Hanchette was later pronounced dead. A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Riverside County Inmate Deaths

Riverside County has a long and sordid history with respect to the care that it has provided inmates. The county is facing a number of lawsuits over inmate deaths. According to the Desert Sun, “Three federal lawsuits were filed against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in as many days on behalf of the survivors of three men who died in the county’s jails. One of the men overdosed and two were killed by fellow inmates, according to the lawsuits and the sheriff’s department.” There are a number of common causes of inmate deaths.

  • Drug overdoses
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks

All inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare. This includes receiving periodic welfare checks. Inmates who enter the jail system with pre-existing medical conditions will typically need more extensive care. When 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 evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death.

  • The medical records of the inmate that died should be reviewed.
  • Surveillance footage from within the jail should be sought.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • The actions of correctional officers before an inmate death should be understood.

Many jail deaths are completely preventable. This is particularly true when inmate deaths are due to drug overdoses and homicides. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything that they can to deny liability if any inmate in their care dies. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know if any jail death was the result of neglect.


Investigating Riverside County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Luke Hanchette. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The sheer number of deaths across Riverside County this year remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Robert Presley Detention Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys are 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 a free, independent investigation into any in-custody death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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