Male Inmate, 23, Died In Detox Unit At Maguire Correctional Facility In Redwood City
REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA (January 16, 2024) – A 23-year-old male inmate has tragically died while staying at Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.
San Mateo County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. The inmate was being held at the 4 East Housing Detox Unit at the jail.
A nurse first noticed that the 23-year-old inmate was having difficulty breathing. Life-saving measures were initiated before they were taken over by the Redwood City Fire Department.
Despite life-saving measures, he was later pronounced dead. The Detox Unit at the jail is designed to help people who are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.
Liability For Redwood City Inmate Deaths
Drug or alcohol withdrawal is an incredibly common experience for people who are entering the prison system. According to the American Journal of Public Health, “Our results revealed rates of alcohol and opiate dependency among arrestees of approximately 12% and 4%, respectively; only 28% of jail administrators reported that their institutions had ever detoxified arrestees. Inadequately treated drug and alcohol withdrawal in US jails appears widespread.” There are a number of signs that jails should look for which could indicate an inmate is going through withdrawal.
- Inmates may display physical symptoms including sweating, headaches, tremors or muscle aches.
- Inmates may display behavioral changes including fatigue, agitation and irritability.
- Inmates may display psychological changes including anxiety, depression and hallucinations.
Jails have a legal obligation to provide all inmates with healthcare for all of their medical conditions. This includes helping inmates who are suffering through drug or alcohol withdrawal. There are medical procedures that jails must follow in order to help inmates going through withdrawal. Generally speaking, inmates at risk from withdrawal must go through medical detoxification, which is done under the supervision of trained medical professionals. If jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to protect inmates at risk from withdrawal.
- Jail staff should be trained to spot the symptoms of drug or alcohol withdrawal.
- All inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
- Jails should establish clear and effective communication channels between correctional officers and medical staff.
- Jail staff should perform routine wellness checks on all the inmates in their care.
Deaths due to drug or alcohol withdrawal are highly preventable. But in order for deaths to be prevented, medical staff have to act quickly and competently. In many situations, however, jail and medical staff fail to work together properly to address the health needs of inmates. This can have lethal consequences. The family of any person that died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Deaths At The Maguire Correctional Facility In Redwood City
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Maguire Correctional Facility. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of this man’s family. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a San Mateo County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. 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 a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.