pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Male Inmate Died Following Suspected Fentanyl Overdose While At The Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 5, 2024) – A male inmate has tragically died at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. Jail staff noticed that a male inmate was in medical distress.

Life-saving measures including CPR were taken. But those efforts proved to be unsuccessful, and the inmate later died at the jail.

His suspected cause of death was listed as fentanyl toxicity. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Death

Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often they are where people go to be neglected and mistreated. The rate of overdose deaths has considerably outpaced the rise in the prison population. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “From 2000 to 2018, the overdose death rate per 100,000 increased in California from 6 to 13, a change of 121 percent. From 2000 to 2015, the jail population rate in California per 100,000 residents changed from 217 to 292, a change of 35 percent.” There are a number of signs jails should look for that could indicate an inmate is going through an overdose.

  • Shallow breathing
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Clammy skin
  • Pinpoint pupils

Jails have a legal obligation to protect people from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes harm brought on by a drug overdose. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are several ways that a jail may have failed to adequately care for an inmate going through an overdose.

  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate Narcan.
  • Jail officials may have failed to perform CPR.
  • Jail officials may have failed to perform wellness checks on an inmate.
  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

Jails across Los Angeles have recently been saturated by fentanyl and other dangerous opioids. But many overdoses also begin outside of jail. It is common for the police to arrest someone who has recently taken drugs and then take them to jail. These people should be medically cleared before they are placed in cells. However, this does not always happen. The family of any person who died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Men’s Central Jail. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The sheer number of deaths across Los Angeles County jails in recent months remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are doing everything in their power to keep inmates safe. 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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