Inmate Peter McLaughlin (Full Name: Peter Edward McLaughlin), of Pacifica, Died At The Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City

REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA (January 21, 2024) – A 64-year-old inmate identified as Peter McLaughlin has tragically died at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

San Mateo County officials are saying that the incident began on Friday morning. Peter McLaughlin was found unresponsive in his jail cell.

Medical staff began life-saving measures, but those efforts were not effective. Peter McLaughlin was later pronounced dead at the jail. The Sheriff’s Office said that they believe he likely died due to “natural” causes.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Mateo County Inmate Deaths

Jails can be very deadly places even in the best of circumstances. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A total of 4,234 persons died in state and federal prisons in 2019, a 6.6% decrease from the 4,515 deaths in 2018 reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) Mortality in Correctional Institutions (MCI, formerly the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program) data collection.”  Many of the inmates that died were never even convicted of the charges they were being held on. There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Cancer
  • Respirator illnesses
  • Septic shock
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

When the state assumes control of a person through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Inmates must be given healthcare for all of their medical needs. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Jail officials should perform periodic wellness checks on inmates.
  • Jail officials should make sure all inmates have a thorough health screening.
  • Jail officials should listen to the health complaints of the inmates that they are caring for.

It is common for jail officials to ignore the medical requests that inmates make. This can have deadly consequences. For example, an inmate may complain about chest pain but still not be taken to the hospital or be examined by a nurse. That inmate may then suffer from a heart attack. The family of any inmate that died in-custody 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 Peter McLaughlin. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Maguire Correctional Facility In Redwood City? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are doing everything that they can to protect inmates. 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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