Male Inmate, 37, Died In Custody At Mule Creek State Prison In Lone

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522LONE, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2024) – A 37-year-old male inmate has tragically died in custody at Mule Creek State Prison in Lone.

Amador County officials are saying that the death took place on Thursday. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was unresponsive in his cell.

Medical staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. The inmate was later sent to the Triage and Treatment Area (TTA) in order to receive additional care.

Sadly, the inmate was later pronounced dead. The death is currently being investigated as a suicide.

Liability For Amador County Inmate Deaths

Suicide continues to be a major cause of inmate death. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “Nearly a fifth (19%) of the nation’s 1,161 state and federal prisons and a tenth (9%) of the 2,845 local jails had at least one suicide in 2019. More than half of the largest jails (those with an average daily population of 1,000 inmates or more) had at least one death by suicide, as did 45% of state and federal prisons holding 2,500 or more persons.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Jails should conduct a thorough mental health screening of all inmates that enter.
  • Jails should work to determine if any inmate is at heightened risk of suicide.
  • Jails should develop and implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes protecting inmates from suicide. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect that an inmate may harm themselves, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have contributed to an inmate’s death in many different ways.

  • Jail officials may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on an inmate.
  • Jail officials may have failed to remove items that could be used to commit suicide, such as bed sheets.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.

Inmate suicides are nearly always preventable. They almost always involve instances where jail officials fail to follow safety protocols for suicide prevention. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in custody 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 Amador County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at Mule Creek State Prison in Lone. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There have been a number of inmate deaths in this county over the past few years.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at Mule Creek State Prison in Lone? 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 held 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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