Inmate Died While Staying At The Marin County Jail In San Rafael

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA (February 8, 2024) – One inmate has tragically died while staying at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael.

Marin County officials are saying that the death took place on Thursday. Jail officials were performing routine wellness checks when they noticed that an inmate was unresponsive in their cell.

Medical staff entered the cell in order to help the inmate. They were taken to a local hospital in order to receive additional care.

Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was pronounced dead at the hospital. Suicide is a suspected factor in the death.


Liability For Marin County Inmate Deaths

Suicide remains one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “The number of suicides in local jails increased 5% from 2018 to 2019, while suicides in state and federal prisons were stable.  Suicides accounted for 30% of deaths in local jails and 8% of deaths in state and federal prisons in 2019, based on the most recent mortality data from BJS.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate suicides.

  • Inmates should get a thorough medical health screening when they enter a jail.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize when an inmate is at a greater risk of suicide.
  • Inmates at risk of suicide should be placed in specialized cells and monitored closely.

When a jail removes a person’s liberty and autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Jails must protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes protecting inmates at risk of self-harm. Inmates must get proper mental healthcare. There are a number of signs that an inmate may be at a greater risk of self-harm.

  • An inmate may have attempted suicide numerous times in the past, both in or out of jail.
  • Inmates may express suicidal thoughts.
  • Inmates may speak about overwhelming feelings of hopelessness.
  • Inmates may unexpectedly begin giving away their possessions.

Inmate suicides are often highly preventable. There are usually clear signs inmates are at risk. But these signs can be ignored. Jails should implement a holistic approach to prevent inmate suicides. This includes treating all inmates with dignity and respect. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have legal rights afforded by the constitution. When a jail fails to take reasonable steps to protect the inmates in their care, they can be held accountable.


Investigating Marin County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person that died at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the  Marin County Jail in San Rafael? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help you get the information and support that you are entitled to. We focus entirely on helping people harmed by law enforcement. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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