pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Male Inmate, 54, Died In Custody At Correctional Training Facility In Soledad

SOLEDAD, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2024) – A male inmate at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad has tragically died while in custody.

Monterey County officials are saying that the death took place on Monday. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in medical distress.

Jail staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. Despite those efforts, the inmate was later pronounced dead.

Suicide is currently the suspected cause of death.


Liability For Monterey County Inmate Deaths

Suicide remains one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. Many inmate suicides take place relatively early after a person has been arrested. According to one NIH study, “Among the people who were in police custody, 7 (70%) had committed suicide within 24 h of the arrest. Among jail inmates, two persons (50%) were convicted and 2 (50%) were temporary prisoners. In case of temporary inmate, 1 had committed suicide within 24 h of confinement.” Jails should take a number of actions in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should get a mental health assessment before they are admitted.
  • Correctional officers should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is at greater risk of self-harm.
  • Jails should do their best to give inmates lives worth living.

A large portion of inmates were victims of physical or sexual abuse. The mental health challenges that inmates have are often made substantially worse by their incarceration. If jail officials believe that an inmate is at risk of self-harm, they must take action. When jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate may harm themselves, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many different ways that jails may have failed to adequately care for an inmate.

  • Jail officials may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on the inmates in their care.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to transport an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.

It can be hard to know where to begin after any inmate dies in custody. Jails will do everything in their power to deny responsibility. But the fact of the matter is that deaths due to suicide are highly preventable and tend to involve some amount of human error. The family of any person who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At Correctional Training Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. 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 the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help. We are committed to helping victims and holding jails accountable for their unconstitutional 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.


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