handcuffs-354042_640SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 14, 2024) – A 55-year-old man tragically died shortly after being taken to the Sacramento County Jail for processing.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident began around 4:20 a.m. on Sunday. Deputies are saying that the man was medically cleared for incarceration.

However, he became unresponsive as he was fingerprinted. Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures, including the use of CPR and Narcan.

Despite those measures, the man later died at the jail. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For California Inmate Deaths

Jail overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate deaths in the United States. According to National Public Radio, “From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or alcohol intoxication in state prisons rose more than 600%, according to an analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In county jails, overdose deaths increased by more than 200%.” Fentanyl has proven to be particularly deadly for inmates. There are a number of signs an inmate may be going through a fentanyl overdose.

  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Clammy skin

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. To that end, jails should provide inmates care when they are going through medical emergencies. This includes emergencies brought on by drug overdoses. Inmates are not able to seek care for themselves. It must therefore be provided for them. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be preserved.

It can be hard to know where to begin after an inmate’s death. To make matters worse, jails will often not release that much information about what happened. This can leave families in a state of anxiety as they try to figure out what went wrong. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any inmate who died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Sacramento County Jail Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate who died at the Sacramento County Jail. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Sacramento County Jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here for you. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights. We focus entirely on helping people who have been impacted by jail medical neglect and law enforcement abuses of power. 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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