Multiple Complaints Issued Alleging Unsanitary and Dangerous Living Conditions At George Bailey Detention Facility In San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (March 5, 2024) – Several inmates have become sickened after unsafe working and living conditions at the George Bailey Detention Facility in San Diego.

San Diego County officials have said that they’ve received a new complaint from their civilian oversight board. Among other things, several inmates have become sick after cleaning up human waste from toilets that regularly overflow.

Part of the problem is the jail’s aging plumbing system. So far, two people have reportedly contracted staph infections. These complaints come after numerous inmates have died at the George Bailey Detention Facility, including Jonathan Mcdowell.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Diego County Inmate Injuries

Unsanitary and dangerous conditions within jails are far more common than many may realize. Inmates are also exposed to other forms of harm. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, “American prisons are dangerous. Most are understaffed and overpopulated. Because of inadequate supervision, people in our prisons are exposed to incredible amounts of violence, including sexual violence.” Inmates are exposed to a wide variety of communicable diseases.

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Scabies
  • Covid-19

Jail officials have a legal obligation to keep jails in a reasonably safe condition. When jail officials are aware of a dangerous condition in any jail, they must take action. The U.S. Constitution also forbids the state from utilizing cruel and unusual forms of punishment. To that end, jails must provide inmates with adequate care for all of their health conditions. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate is injured in jail.

  • All medical records related to the injury should be preserved.
  • Jail conditions should be well documented.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Inmates are afforded certain rights under the law. Those rights cannot be violated because they may be inconvenient for any jail or county. In far too many situations, jails will seek to cut costs by providing inmates with as little care as possible. It is important for inmates to understand that they do have rights. Any person who is injured in jail may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating San Diego County Inmate Injuries

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the inmates who have been harmed while staying at the George Bailey Detention Facility. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to improve the conditions in this jail. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at George Bailey Detention Facility? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here for you. We care deeply that inmates get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. 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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