Male Inmate, 54, Died In Custody At The Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility In San Diego 

pexels-pixabay-236380SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (May 14, 2024) – A 54-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County.

San Diego County officials say that the death took place on May 7. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in medical distress.

The inmate was taken to the Triage and Treatment Area (TTA) in order to receive care. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was later pronounced dead.

Autopsy results are pending at this time.


Liability For San Diego County Inmate Deaths 

San Diego County has one of the highest instances of in-custody inmate deaths in California. According to the San Diego Tribune, “Eighteen people died in San Diego County jails in 2021, and there were 20 deaths the following year and 13 last year. The department is on pace to record another deadly year in county jails.” A number of jail factors can contribute to deaths.

  • Poor ventilation
  • Overcrowding
  • Sanitation issues
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Unsafe building conditions

Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous liable parties for an inmate’s death. This could include a jail and private healthcare providers. The important metric is whether or not a jail or healthcare provider showed deliberate indifference. It is unconstitutional for any jail or healthcare provider to be deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • The cause of the death should be understood.
  • The actions of correctional officers leading up to the death should be scrutinized.
  • The history of deaths in jail should be understood.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when any inmate death is due to suicide from drug overdoses. Inmate deaths are not spread evenly across California or the United States more broadly. Certain jurisdictions have a much worse track record. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating San Diego County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. There have been so many inmate deaths in San Diego County in recent years.

Do you need more information about an inmate death in San Diego County? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates get the support and resources that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we can help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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