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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 8, 2024) – A 45-year-old inmate has tragically died after being found unresponsive at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The inmate was being housed within the detox unit of the jail.

Deputies were performing wellness checks when they noticed that an inmate was unresponsive in his cell. Medical staff began life-saving measures to help the inmate.

The inmate was later pronounced dead at the jail. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Inmate Deaths At Sacramento County Main Jail

Inmates are more likely than the general population to suffer from substance abuse. Drug and alcohol withdrawal remains a leading cause of inmate death in the United States. According to the Journal of Correctional Health Care, “Among the 103 deaths associated with substance withdrawal [in the study], 66 involved alcohol, 21 involved drugs (primarily opioids), and 16 could not be determined. Drugs and alcohol likely contribute to more deaths in jails than has been recognized due to how deaths are coded.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent deaths from substance withdrawal.

  • Inmates should get a thorough health screening before they are admitted.
  • Jails should determine if inmates have a history of substance abuse.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize when an inmate is going through substance withdrawal.
  • Jails should closely monitor inmates experiencing substance withdrawal symptoms.

All inmates have a legal right to receive adequate care for their medical needs. This includes instances where inmates are experiencing health issues from substance withdrawal. In certain cases, inmates with severe symptoms may need to be put in specialized detoxification units. During their time there, these inmates should go through medical detoxification. This is a process that is overseen by a medical doctor in order to safely wean a person off of drugs or alcohol. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • The actions of correctional officers that lead to an inmate death should be understood.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when inmates die due to drug overdoses or drug withdrawal. Part of the problem is that jails are often overcrowded and understaffed. This can dramatically impact the quality of care that inmates receive during their stay. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they have rights afforded under the constitution.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At Sacramento County Main Jail

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Sacramento County Main Jail. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Jail should never become a death sentence due to neglect or mistreatment.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Sacramento County Main Jail? 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. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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