pexels-ron-lach-10474996Male Inmate, 57, Died In Custody At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles County 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 21, 2024) – A 57-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles County.

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

Jail and medical staff entered the inmate’s cell and began life-saving measures. Despite those efforts, the inmate was later pronounced dead in his cell.

This is the 15th in-custody death in a Los Angeles County jail so far in 2024.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

The Twin Towers Correctional Facility has a very poor reputation. A number of inmates have died there over the years. These deaths have resulted in several lawsuits. According to LAist, “The board agreed to pay $7 million to settle a suit brought by the family of 67-year-old Wesley Alarcio, who was beaten so severely in his cell that he was left in a permanent vegetative state.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should receive a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Correctional officers should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.
  • Jails should work closely with healthcare agencies to ensure inmates are getting proper care.

Every jail has a legal obligation to provide reasonably adequate medical care. This should begin when an inmate is first admitted. They should get a health checkup and receive care for any acute or chronic health conditions. 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 a number of ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for inmates.

  • Correctional officers may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on inmates.
  • Correctional officers may have failed to give an inmate their medications.
  • Correctional officers may have failed to take an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

A large portion of inmate deaths are preventable. Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” but the fact of the matter is that many inmate deaths involve some amount of medical neglect. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in custody may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility? 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 those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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