Investigation Underway After Death of Male Inmate Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) In San Diego

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (April 27, 2024) – A 32-year-old male inmate has tragically died in custody at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) in San Diego.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 5. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in serious medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite those efforts, the inmate was later pronounced dead in the Triage and Treatment Area of the facility.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. However, a drug overdose is a suspected cause of death at this time.

Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths

Overdoses remain a leading cause of inmate death in the United States. According to National Public Radio, “From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or alcohol intoxication in state prisons rose more than 600%, according to an analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In county jails, overdose deaths increased by more than 200%.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate overdose deaths.

  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse an opioid overdose.
  • Jail officials should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.
  • Jail officials should do their best to prevent illicit substances from entering the prison system.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide proper care for all inmates. This includes helping inmates who are going through an overdose. It also includes caring for an inmate going through drug withdrawal. A large number of the people entering prison have a history of substance abuse. If jail officials are deliberately indifferent to helping inmates with their medical needs, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many different drugs that could contribute to an overdose.

  • Methamphetamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Alcohol
  • Heroin

Jail deaths can often be highly complex. The factors that contribute to any death may occur hours, days, or even weeks beforehand. Part of the problem is that many jails are overcrowded. This can impact the care that all inmates receive. San Diego County, in particular, is notorious for being overcrowded. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Inmate Deaths At Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Any person who may have more information about what took place should reach out to the police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading up to this death.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that jails are upholding constitutional standards. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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