Male Inmate, 33, Died While In Custody At South Placer Jail
PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (January 3, 2023) – A 33-year-old male inmate has tragically died as he was in custody at a Placer County Jail.
Placer County officials are saying that the incident took place on November 1. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was unresponsive.
Jail medical staff began life-saving measures in order to save the man. Those efforts were taken over by paramedics.
Sadly, he could not be revived and was later pronounced deceased. An official cause of death has not been listed. However, jail officials suspect that the death may have been due to suicide.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Placer County Inmate Deaths
Suicides are one of the major causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “The number of suicides in local jails increased 5% from 2018 to 2019, while suicides in state and federal prisons were stable. Suicides accounted for 30% of deaths in local jails and 8% of deaths in state and federal prisons in 2019, based on the most recent mortality data from BJS.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicide.
- Jail should conduct a thorough mental health screening of all of the inmates in their care.
- Jails should provide inmates with adequate mental healthcare.
- Jails should put inmates at risk of self-harm into specialized cells.
Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes protecting inmates from violence and self-harm. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate will harm themselves, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The actions of correctional officers leading up to the death should be understood.
Deaths due to homicide and suicide are often highly preventable. There are typically very clear signs an inmate is at greater risk of self-harm, but these signs may be ignored. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in a jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Placer County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Placer County Jail. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Placer County Jail inmate death? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their negligent 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.