Inmate Raymond Burns (Full Name: Raymond Leon Burns) Died While Staying At Shasta County Jail In Redding

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064895-e1689627813992.jpgREDDING, CALIFORNIA (February 17, 2024) – A 58-year-old inmate identified as Raymond Burns has tragically died while staying at the Shasta County Jail in Redding.

Shasta County officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday. Correctional officers noticed that Raymond Burns was unresponsive in his jail cell.

Medical staff were called to the jail in order to help the inmate. But those efforts proved to be unsuccessful. Raymond Burns was pronounced dead shortly after he was discovered.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Shasta County Jail Inmate Deaths

Jails have become increasingly deadly places. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Almost 87% of the 65,027 state prisoners and 89% of the 7,125 federal prisoners who died in custody from 2001 to 2019 died of illness. The number of deaths in state prisons due to drug or alcohol intoxication increased from 35 in 2001 to 253 in 2019.” There are a number of measures that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Inmates should get a health screening before they are placed in a cell.
  • Inmates should get any medications required for their medical conditions.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jails should thoroughly investigate the cause of every inmate death in their custody.

When the state assumes control of a person’s autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Jails must provide for the medical needs of inmates. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of inmates, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are a number of ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • A jail may have failed to notice an inmate was in serious medical distress.

Jail deaths are often highly preventable. Among other things, correctional officers are supposed to perform periodic wellness checks on the inmates they care for. In many situations, an inmate’s health will deteriorate slowly. If these illnesses are caught early on, inmates are more likely to survive. The family of any person that died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Shasta County Jail Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Raymond Burns. 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 a Shasta County inmate’s 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 are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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