pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064908One-Third of California Inmates Subjected To Inadequate Care, According to the Officer of the Inspector General

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2024) –  A new watchdog report by the Office of the Inspector General claims that one-third of California inmates do not get adequate medical care during their incarceration.

The Office of the Inspector General examined each of California’s 34 adult institutions. One of those has since been closed.

The report indicated that inmates were not receiving adequate diagnostic services. The healthcare environment was also lacking in terms of staff hand hygiene, equipment management, and sanitation.

Some of the jails listed as inadequate include San Quentin Rehabilitation Center and High Desert State Prison. Investigators believe that the pandemic likely played a role in the performance decline across numerous benchmarks.

Liability For Inadequate Medical Care In California Jails

Los Angeles County has a long reputation for providing some of the worst care to inmates. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “The death toll in LA jails—the nation’s largest jail system—is driven by severe overcrowding, pervasive neglect and mistreatment, inadequate care inside jails, and a failure to offer robust alternatives to incarceration.” There are a number of ways that jails may fail to provide adequate care.

  • Jails may have failed to diagnose the medical conditions of inmates.
  • Jails may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jails may have failed to provide inmates with adequate mental health care.

All jails have a legal obligation to provide reasonably adequate medical care for all of the inmates that they take care of. Failing to give inmates adequate care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many negative consequences for failing to give inmates adequate care.

  • Inmates are more likely to die if their serious medical conditions are not treated.
  • Infectious diseases are more likely to spread when inmates are not given adequate care.
  • Relatively small medical issues can become larger if they are not treated right away.

Jails often outsource healthcare to private companies. These companies are chiefly concerned with making as much money as they can. In far too many situations, quality of life is an afterthought. It is important for inmates to know what their rights are. Any person who is injured in jail due to inadequate care may be able to seek some measure of justice 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.

Getting Legal Help After Inadequate Care At California Jails

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to learn about the extent of the inadequate healthcare inmates across California receive. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to bring all of these prisons into compliance. Constitutional principles must be respected and upheld.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at a California jail? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help. 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 us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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