pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848Male Inmate Died From Unknown Cause While Staying At The Elmwood Jail In Milipitas

MILIPITAS, CALIFORNIA (February 20, 2024) – A 57-year-old inmate has tragically died while staying at the Elmwood Jail in Milipitas, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Santa Clara County officials are saying that the incident began around 11:23 a.m. on Saturday. Correctional officers noticed that the male inmate was unresponsive on his bunk in his assigned cell.

Medical staff and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. Life-saving measures were taken, but those efforts were not successful.

The inmate was pronounced dead around 20 minutes after he was first discovered. A full investigation into the death at Elmwood Jail remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Santa Clara County Inmate Deaths

Inmates are exposed to a variety of different hazards that can lead to poor health outcomes. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A total of 65,027 state prisoners and 7,125 federal prisoners died while in custody during 2001–19. During 2001–19, cancer and heart disease accounted for more than 53% of all state prison deaths.  There were 4,183 deaths by suicide in state prisons and 342 in federal prison facilities operated by the BOP during 2001–19.” There are a number of measures that jails should take to reduce inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jails should do their best to prevent illicit drugs from entering the jail.
  • Jails should coordinate with medical professionals with respect to how best to care for inmates.

When the state assumes control over a person’s life through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Inmates must get care for all of their medical needs. The majority of inmates enter jail with at least one pre-existing medical condition. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any inmate death.

  • The actions of correctional officers leading up to a death should be understood.
  • The medical records of the inmate that died should be collected.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

There is typically no single reason or cause that any inmate died in-custody. Rather, inmate deaths are typically the result of faulty systems and processes within a jail. This could include instances where a jail’s healthcare resources are stretched thin due to overcrowding. The family of any person that died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Santa Clara County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Elmwood Jail in Milipitas. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials need to do the right thing and implement greater oversight of this jail so that other tragedies can be prevented.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the Elmwood Jail in Milipitas? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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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