Male Inmate Died Following Medical Emergency At Central Men’s Jail In Santa Ana

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (February 8, 2024) – A male inmate has tragically died during his stay at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Orange County officials are saying that the incident began around 10:25 a.m. on February 2. The man was first arrested by the Fullerton Police Department and booked in the Central Men’s Jail.

He was transported to the hospital after complaining about shortness of breath. Despite life-saving measures,  he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Orange County Inmate Deaths

Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But thousands of inmates die every year before they are even able to get their day in court. Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate deaths. 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%.” Jails are supposed to take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Inmates should get a health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Inmates should be medically cleared before being placed in a jail cell.
  • Inmates should be given any medications that they might need.

The Supreme Court has held time and time again that inmates have a constitutional right to receive adequate care for all of their medical conditions.  If an inmate is showing signs of medical distress, they will typically need to be evaluated by medical professionals. However, it is relatively common that inmates are denied adequate care. There are a number of factors that could contribute to this.

  • Correctional officers may believe that an inmate is “faking” their illness.
  • Jails may be overcrowded which can impact the quality of care that all inmates receive.
  • Jails have unusually high turnover rates which can lead to them being understaffed with workers that aren’t properly trained.

Inmate deaths are typically not the result of the wrongful actions of any single person. It is far more likely that they are due to faulty systems and procedures within any jail system. This could include having medical professionals that are poorly trained. It may also involve jails not following sanitation procedures. The family of any person that died in a county jail may be able to seek some measure of accountability through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Central Men’s Jail In Santa Ana

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana. This is the second death at  this prison in a little over a week. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Do you need more information about an inmate death in the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail neglect. 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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