Reynaldo Ramos, 55,  Died After Being Found Unresponsive In His Cell At Robert Presley Detention Center In Riverside

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (April 20, 2024) – A 55-year-old inmate identified as Reynaldo Ramos has tragically died in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Jail staff said that Reynaldo Ramos suffered some type of complication within his cell at the housing unit.

He was unconscious when medical staff began CPR and other life-saving measures. Paramedics took over life-saving measures, but those efforts were not successful.

Reynaldo Ramos was later pronounced dead at the scene. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Inmate Deaths At Riverside County Jails

Riverside County has a particularly poor track record for the care that it has given inmates. The county has been targeted in a number of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations. According to the Desert Sun, “Four families have filed separate federal lawsuits against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department claiming their relatives died in the county’s jails last year due to failures in training and emergency medical treatment.” All of the suits allege that the deaths could have been prevented. There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening before being admitted.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.

When the state assumes control of a person’s autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. All inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate care for all of their medical needs. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Deliberate indifference can present itself in many forms in a jail setting.

  • An inmate may not have been given the medication that they required.
  • An inmate may not have been taken to a hospital during a medical emergency.
  • An inmate may not have received help in the midst of a drug overdose.

A large number of inmate deaths are completely preventable. They often involve some amount of medical neglect. Part of the problem is that jails throughout California are often overcrowded. This can impact the level of care that all inmates receive. The family of any person who died in a county jail 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 Inmate Deaths At Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Reynaldo Ramos. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There have been so many inmate deaths in Riverside County in recent years. It is our sincere hope that greater oversight of these jails will lead to lasting reform.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. 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 assistance, we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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