Male Inmate, 44, Died While In Custody At High Desert State Prison In Susanville 

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA (May 14, 2024) – A 44-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

Lassen County officials are saying that the incident took place on May 2. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in need of medical aid.

Jail and medical staff began efforts in order to save the inmate. But those efforts were not successful. Very little information has been released about the death other than that it was “unexpected.”

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Lassen County Inmate Deaths

Far too many inmates die in custody each year in California. Many of those that die are relatively young. According to Open Justice, “The average age of individuals who died in custody was 52 years old. Those who died of natural causes were older on average (65 years old). Those who died by homicide and suicide tended to be younger (39 and 40 years old, respectively).” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Cancer
  • Drug overdoses
  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Heart attacks

When the state assumes control over a person’s freedom, certain constitutional standards will not apply. Inmates must get healthcare. This begins when they are first admitted. All inmates should get a thorough health screening. A large number of people who enter the prison system have one or more chronic health conditions. There are a number of signs that an inmate is at serious risk.

  • An inmate may have attempted self-harm on numerous occasions.
  • An inmate may have a history of substance abuse.
  • An inmate may show symptoms of being under the influence of drugs.

Jail deaths are often complex events. The factors that contribute to inmate deaths may take place hours, days, or even weeks prior to a death. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything that they can to deny responsibility if an inmate dies in their care. They are quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” even when a death involves some amount of medical neglect. This is why it is so important to have any inmate death evaluated by a skilled legal advocate.

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The High Desert State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the High Desert State Prison. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is important that there be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the High Desert State Prison? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights advocates is here for you. We care deeply that jails are held accountable for their illegal actions. 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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