pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848Male Inmate Died While In custody At Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) In Elk Grove

ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2024) – A 41-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) in Elk Grove.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place around 11:15 p.m. on Friday. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was unresponsive in his cell.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Unfortunately, the inmate was beyond medical aid and later died.

The inmate has been in custody since March 28. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sacramento County Inmate Deaths 

Drug overdoses remain a major 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%.” There are a number of other common causes of inmate deaths.

  • Suicide
  • Infections
  • Heart attacks
  • Homicides

Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate care for all of their health conditions. This begins when inmates are first admitted. Jails must give inmates a thorough medical examination to determine if they have any pressing health concerns. When a jail or private healthcare facility is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in many different ways.

  • Jail officials may have failed to perform wellness checks.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate their medication.
  • Jail officials may have refused to allow an inmate to see a doctor.
  • Jail officials may not have responded to a medical emergency in a timely manner.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when any death is due to homicide, suicide, or a drug overdose. Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that many inmate deaths are due to medical neglect. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sacramento County Inmate Deaths 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the family of the man who died at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The number of people who have died in custody at Sacramento County jails remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Sacramento County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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