Male Inmate, 39, Died Following Medical Emergency At Los Angeles County Jail
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 10, 2024) – A 39-year-old inmate has tragically died following some type of medical emergency while staying at a Los Angeles County jail.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on January 6. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in some type of medical distress.
He was taken to the Los Angeles General Medical Center. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate later died due to their injuries.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Los Angeles County has a particularly bad track record with respect to the care that they have given inmates over the years. According to the Vera Institute, “The death toll in LA jails—the nation’s largest jail system—is driven by severe overcrowding, inadequate care inside jails, and a failure to offer robust alternatives to incarceration. A horrifying video smuggled out of Men’s Central Jail in June, which shows jail staff neglecting to intervene in a violent assault that stretched for more than ten minutes.” There are a number of factors that can contribute to any inmate death.
- Illicit drugs entering the prison system
- Excessive force by correctional officers
- Poorly trained medical staff
When the state assumes control over an inmate through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. All inmates have an Eighth Amendment right to receive medical, dental and mental healthcare. Inmates that are harmed due to neglect or malpractice may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. This is also true for the family members of those that die in -custody. Certain steps should be taken after any inmate death.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often, they are where people go to be neglected and abused. A large number of inmate deaths are preventable. They often take place when jails fail to get inmates timely care. For example, many inmates have died from drug overdoses while jail officials didn’t even realize what was going on.
Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in this incident. There needs to be some accountability for what took place. The sheer number of deaths in Los Angeles County remains deeply concerning.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles County jail? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are 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.