Inmate Massimo Barbagallo, 49, Died In Custody At The North County Correctional Facility In Los Angeles

pexels-ron-lach-10474996LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 20, 2024) – An inmate identified as Massimo Barbagallo has tragically died while staying at the North County Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday. Correctional officers noticed that Massimo Barbagallo was unresponsive in his jail cell.

Medical staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. Sadly, though, Massimo Barbagallo was not able to be revived and later pronounced dead.

Authorities said that the death may have been the result of suicide.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Suicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “From 2001 to 2019, the number of suicides increased 85% in state prisons, 61% in federal prisons, and 13% in local jails. During 2010-19, suffocation, including hanging and self-strangulation, accounted for nearly 90% of suicide deaths in local jails.” Jails should consider a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should get a thorough mental health screening.
  • Jails should assess every inmate’s risk profile in terms of suicide.
  • Jails should do their best to give inmate’s lives that are worth living.
  • Jails should provide inmates with mental health resources.

All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with medical care for all of their health conditions. This includes giving inmates mental healthcare. A large number of people enter the prison system who are the victims of sexual and physical abuse. Even in the best of circumstances, jails tend to exasperate a person’s mental health struggles. If a jail failed to properly care for an inmate who committed suicide, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in any number of ways.

  • A jail may have failed to place an inmate in a suicide resistant cell.
  • A jail may have failed to provide an inmate with mental health resources.
  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • A jail may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on an inmate.

Inmate deaths are typically highly preventable. There are nearly always a number of signs that an inmate is at an increased risk of suicide. For example, an inmate may have attempted suicide previously, both in or out of jail. 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 all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating North County Correctional Facility Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Massimo Barbagallo. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our hope that measures are taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about a death at the North County Correctional Facility? 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 more information about a particular incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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