Male Inmate, 63, Died Following Medical Emergency At California State Prison, Sacramento

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 25, 2024) – A 63-year-old inmate has tragically died following some type of medical emergency at the California State Prison, Sacramento.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. Correctional officers noticed that one inmate was suffering from pulmonary symptoms.

The inmate was transported to a local hospital in order to receive care. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate later died due to their injuries.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability for Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

Cardiovascular illnesses remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Journal of American Cardiology, “Currently, 2.2 million individuals are incarcerated and more than 11 million have been released from U.S. correctional facilities. Individuals with a history of incarceration are more likely to be of racial and ethnic minority populations, poor, and have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors, especially smoking and hypertension.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should receive a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jail officials should be trained to recognize the signs of a medical emergency.
  • Jails should work closely with healthcare agencies to provide inmates with care.

When the state assumes control over a person’s autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. The jail has a legal obligation to provide all inmates with adequate care for their medical conditions. 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 failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • A jail may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on an inmate in their care.
  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • A jail may have failed to transport an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” even when this label may not make sense. A large number of inmate deaths listed as natural involve some amount of medical neglect. Part of the problem is that many jails are overcrowded, which can impact the quality of care that all inmates receive. The family of any person who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at California State Prison, Sacramento. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at California State Prison, Sacramento? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We focus entirely on helping people who have been impacted by police abuses of power and jail neglect. 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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