Inmate Raymond Salazar Died Following Medical Emergency At Fresno County Jail

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (December 21, 2023) – An inmate identified as Raymond Salazar has tragically died following some type of medical emergency at a Fresno County jail.

Fresno County officials are saying that the incident took place on December 9. Correctional officers noticed that Raymond Salazar was unresponsive in his cell.

Paramedics entered the cell in order to provide him with medical aid. Raymond Salazar was taken to the hospital where his condition continued to decline.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead two days later. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Fresno County Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest number of inmate deaths in the United States. However, the number of deaths tends to vary a great deal from one county to the next. According to San Diego County officials, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties have relatively low numbers of total deaths. Los Angeles County has the highest total deaths at 290. San Diego County has the second highest total deaths at 141.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to any inmate’s death.

  • Medical neglect
  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Inmate-on-inmate violence
  • Overcrowding
  • Inadequate staff training

Every jail has a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonable healthcare. This is guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual forms of punishment. Inmates that are elderly or who have pre-existing health conditions will typically need more care. They may also require extensive monitoring. A jail could contribute to an inmate’s death in numerous ways.

  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate proper mental healthcare.
  • Jail officials may have failed to get an inmate their required medication.
  • Jail officials may have failed to help an inmate going through a drug overdose.

Jails can be terrible places even in the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, though, this is often compounded by jail staff who are indifferent about the well-being of the inmates they are charged with protecting. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they have rights under the constitution. The family of any person that died in a Fresno County jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Fresno County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Raymond Salazar. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar deaths.

Do you need more information about a Fresno County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys may be able to assist you. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. 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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