pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Investigation Underway After 35-Year-Old Inmate Died at Los Angeles County Sheriff Men’s Central Jail

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 17, 2024) – A 35-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Men’s Central Jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on June 5. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures. But the efforts to save him were not successful, and he was later pronounced dead. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

 Los Angeles County jails have a long history of failing to adequately care for inmates. According to the Vera Institute, “The death toll in LA jails—the nation’s largest jail system—is driven by severe overcrowding, pervasive neglect and mistreatment, inadequate care inside jails, and a failure to offer robust alternatives to incarceration.” There are many common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Cancer
  • Excessive force

When the state assumes control over a person through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. In particular, jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with medical care for all of their conditions. This should begin when an inmate is first admitted. They should get a thorough medical screening. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many ways a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • Jails may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jails may have failed to periodically check on inmates in their cells.
  • Jails may have failed to take an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

A large number of inmate deaths are completely preventable. Inmates enter the prison system with certain conditions. Those conditions may become substantially worse due to the lack of proper care that they are receiving. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if an inmate dies in their care. This is why it is so important that the families of inmates who die seek the guidance of an experienced civil rights attorney.

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Men’s Central Jail. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other deaths like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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