pexels-ron-lach-10474996Male Inmate, 34, Died of Suspected Drug Overdose at California State Prison, Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 22024) – A man died in custody at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County, following a suspected drug overdose.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was suffering from symptoms consistent with a drug overdose.

Medical staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. The inmate was given Narcan and CPR, but these efforts were not enough to save him.

He was later pronounced dead. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest incidences of inmate deaths across the state. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Twelve people have died in Los Angeles County jails this year so far. Their deaths continue a deadly trend; 57 people have died in the system’s custody since the start of 2023.” There are a number of common factors that contribute to inmate deaths.

  • Medical neglect
  • Drugs entering the prison system
  • Poorly trained staff
  • Overcrowding

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could face civil liability for an inmate’s death. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that all inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare for their medical conditions. Failing to give inmates adequate care is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. Several steps should be taken in order to prevent inmate overdoses.

  • All inmates should get a medical screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Correctional officers should be trained to recognize the signs of an overdose.

The vast majority of inmate overdose deaths are preventable. They often involve instances where jail officials fail to prevent contraband from entering the jail system. LA County jails in particular have been saturated with fentanyl and other illicit drugs. The family of any person who died of a drug overdose may be able to seek some measure of justice 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 Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died in custody at California State Prison, Los Angeles County. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at California State Prison, Los Angeles County? 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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