Los Angeles County Officials Investigating Death of 44-Year-Old Male Inmate At The Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 26, 2024) – A 44-year-old inmate has tragically died while staying at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 26, 2024. The circumstances leading up to the death are not well known.

Correctional officers found the inmate in his cell. Life-saving measures were taken, but the inmate could not be saved. He was later pronounced dead at the jail.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody each year. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “A total of 4,234 persons died in state and federal prisons in 2019, a 6.6% decrease from the 4,515 deaths in 2018 reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) Mortality in Correctional Institutions (MCI, formerly the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program) data collection.” There are many common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Drug intoxication
  • Heart attacks
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory illnesses

All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonable care for all of their medical conditions. To that end, jails must give inmates health screenings and ensure that they are given all of the support that they need. If 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 that a jail may have contributed to an inmate’s death.

  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to take an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Jail officials may have failed to help an inmate going through a drug overdose.

Los Angeles County, in particular, has a very poor track record with respect to the care that inmates are given. Many inmates have complained about not getting adequate care and being put in solitary confinement for extended periods. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a Los Angeles jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

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 Men’s Central Jail in LA. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The sheer number of deaths at this jail remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an in-custody death at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles? 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 a free, independent investigation into any incident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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