Inmate Michael Challoner Died Following Suspected Attack At Pelican Bay State Prison In Crescent City

pexels-pixabay-236380CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2024) – A 36-year-old inmate identified as Michael Challoner has tragically died in custody at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City.

Del Norte County officials are saying that the incident took place on Sunday and is being investigated as a homicide. Michael Challoner was in the common room when he was attacked by another inmate.

He was stabbed multiple times during the attack and seriously injured. Prison guards were able to break up the fight. Michael Challoner was provided first aid until an ambulance took him to the hospital.

Despite life-saving measures, he later died due to his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Crescent City Inmate Deaths

Homicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate injury and death in the United States. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, “Violence in prison is commonplace, tied to trauma prior to incarceration as well as mental health stressors inside. The rate of homicide in state prison is 2.5 times greater than in the U.S. population when adjusted for age, sex, and race/ethnicity.” There are a number of factors that can contribute to violence in a prison setting.

  • Violence is more likely in jails that are overcrowded.
  • Violence is more likely in jails that are understaffed.
  • Violence is more likely to occur when rival gangs are placed in close proximity to one another.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. If a jail has specific knowledge of particular threats and fails to protect an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any jail homicide.

  • Jail records related to the attack should be reviewed.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • The history between the assailant(s) and the victim should be understood.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Homicides are typically highly preventable in a jail setting. They are rarely isolated incidents. Instead, they tend to occur at the end of a series of altercations between two or more inmates. Sadly, though, jails will do everything in their power to deny liability if any inmate dies in their care. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Attacks At Pelican Bay State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Challoner. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the authorities. It is our hope that measures are taken to prevent similar incidents. Prison should never become a death sentence due to violence or neglect.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. 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 assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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