Rhaquan Johnson, 28, Died In Custody At North County Correctional Facility In Castaic

pexels-pixabay-236380LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2024) – A 28-year-old inmate identified as Rhaquan Johnson has tragically died while in custody at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident began on April 10. Correctional officers noticed that Rhaquan Johnson was in need of medical assistance.

Jail staff began life-saving measures while paramedics were called. Despite those efforts, Rhaquan Johnson was later pronounced dead in his jail cell. The exact circumstances leading up to the death remain unknown at this time.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. This is the 10th in-custody death so far at a jail in Los Angeles County.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles County has a particularly poor track record with respect to the care and treatment that inmates have been given. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “At least 31 people have died in Los Angeles County jails [in 2023], and community organizers say that number is likely to climb. Because of overcrowding, inadequate services, a failure to invest in alternatives to incarceration, and a culture of impunity among the sheriff’s deputies, the county’s jails are set up to claim life after life.” Inmates have complained about numerous forms of mistreatment.

  • Inmates have reported not getting care for their medical needs.
  • Inmates have reported being placed in solitary confinement for extended periods.
  • Inmates have reported not getting adequate mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have reported being attacked by guards and other inmates.

A jail could face liability if an inmate died in their care. Every inmate must get treatment for their medical needs. To that end, inmates should be medically cleared before they are placed in prison cells. Inmates should also get periodic wellness checks during their stay. When an inmate makes a medical complaint, it should be evaluated by trained professionals. But far too often, this does not take place. There are a number of signs that an inmate may be in medical distress.

  • Inmates may experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, or an irregular heartbeat.
  • Inmates may display behavioral changes such as confusion or unusual agitation.
  • Inmates may show a sharp decline in their physical appearance. This could include weight loss or pale skin.
  • Inmates may have persistent vomiting, which may be accompanied by other symptoms.

Neglect and mistreatment are all too common across Los Angeles jails. There was one incident at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility where jail officials missed three mandatory wellness checks on an inmate who later died. The family of any inmate who died at a Los Angeles County jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of charge and get to the bottom of what caused an inmate’s death.

Investigating Inmate Deaths At North County Correctional Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rhaquan Johnson. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place. It is our sincere hope that county officials will consider additional measures to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail neglect. 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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