Inmate Maycarla Sulapas (Full Name: Maycarla Fernando Sulapas), 25, of San Francisco, Died Following Medical Emergency At The Maguire Correctional Facility In Redwood City

REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA (December 12, 2023) – A 25-year-old woman identified as Maycarla Sulapas has tragically died at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

San Mateo County officials are saying that the incident took place on Saturday. Shortly after being taken into the booking area of the Maguire Correctional Facility, Maycarla Sulapas, began experiencing some type of medical emergency.

Medical staff and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the woman. Sadly, Maycarla Sulapas was later pronounced dead. The San Mateo County District Attorney has since released the results of an investigation into her death.


Liability For San Mateo County Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of inmate deaths across the United States. According to Acting State Auditor Michael Tilden, “Given that the annual number of incarcerated individuals’ deaths in county jails across the state increased from 130 in 2006 to 156 in 2020, improving the statewide standards is essential to ensuring the health and safety of individuals in custody in all counties.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jail staff should be well trained to spot when an inmate is going through a medical emergency.
  • Jails should establish and enforce clear use of force policies.

A large number of inmate deaths are preventable. This is particularly true with respect to inmates that died from drug overdoses. Sadly, though, it is common for jail staff not to follow the instructions of medical officials. In many situations, correctional officers may overlook the clear and obvious signs that an inmate is in medical distress. It is important that  evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records related to the death should be examined.
  • Surveillance footage from within the jail should be reviewed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails can be very dangerous places even in the best of circumstances. They can be especially dangerous for people with pre-existing health conditions. In many situations, these inmates do not get the care that they require. The family of any person that died in a 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 San Mateo County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Maycarla Sulapas. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other deaths at this jail.

Do you need more information about a San Mateo County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 any type of support we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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