Male Inmate, 29, Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Jail Cell At Sacramento County Main Jail 

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064895-e1689627813992.jpgSACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2024) – A 29-year-old man has tragically died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident began around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was unresponsive in his jail cell in the 5-East 300 pod.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures in order to save the inmate. But these efforts were not successful. He was later pronounced dead.

He had been incarcerated since April, 2022. A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody every year in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In 2019, a total of 3,853 prisoners died in state prisons or private prison facilities under a state contract, a decrease of 284 deaths from 2018.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Drug overdoses
  • Drug withdrawal

The United States Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that all inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare. This should begin when an inmate is first admitted to jail. All inmates should undergo a thorough health screening when they are first admitted. Jail can be particularly bad for those who have pre-existing health conditions. There are several ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • Jails may not have given an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jails may not have followed the medical advice of healthcare professionals.
  • Jails may fail to keep illegal substances out of the jail system.

Jails are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that the average age of the inmate that dies of natural causes in California is shockingly low. In Los Angeles County, a huge portion of natural inmate deaths involve people in their 40’s and 50’s. This is far below what should be expected of people dying of natural causes outside of prison. The family of any person who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sacramento County Inmate Deaths

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. Far too many people have died at this jail in recent years.

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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