Inmate Mack Price (Full Name: Mack Luther Price), of Riverside, Died In Custody At The Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility In Banning

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848BANNING, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2024) – A 53-year-old inmate identified as Mack Price has tragically died in custody at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Correctional officers noticed that Mack Price was not breathing inside his jail cell.

Jail staff began life-saving measures in order to resuscitate the inmate. These efforts were taken over by paramedics when they arrived.

Despite these efforts, Mack Price could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the jail. A full investigation into the death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Banning Inmate Deaths

Jails remain highly dangerous places, even in the best of circumstances. There are many different causes of inmate death. According to Health Affairs, “About 0.62 deaths per 1,000 incarcerated people were illness-related deaths, 0.53 were suicides, and 0.15 were acute drug- or alcohol-related deaths. Accidents or homicides were less common (0.03 deaths each). The average daily population was close to 1,000 people per facility.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jails should make sure inmates get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should make sure that inmates are thoroughly monitored throughout their stay.
  • Jails should make sure that all inmates get the medical and mental healthcare that they require.

The United States Supreme Court has held many times that inmates have a constitutional right to receive adequate healthcare for their medical conditions. Failing to give inmates adequate care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. In particular, jails can be held liable when they are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of inmates. There are many different ways that a jail may have contributed to an inmate’s death.

  • Jail officials may not have performed periodic wellness checks.
  • Jail officials may have failed to medically clear an inmate before placing them in a cell.
  • Jail officials may have ignored the signs an inmate was in medical distress.

Inmate deaths can be complex events. They are rarely due to the wrongful actions of a single person. Rather, death inside a jail is more often the result of faulty systems and processes within the jail system. This could include instances when a jail is overcrowded and inmates are not getting enough care. The family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mack Price. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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