Inmate Rodolfo Carrillo (Full Name: Rodolfo Avila Carrillo), 35, Died In Custody At North County Correctional Facility In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2023) – A 35-year-old man identified as Rodolfo Carrillo has tragically died in custody at the North County Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on December 5. Correctional officers noticed that Rodolfo Carrillo was in need of some type of medical aid.
Very few details about what happened have been released at this time. Rodolfo Carrillo was given help by jail medical staff.
Sadly, he was later pronounced dead. A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Los Angeles County has one of the highest instances of in-custody deaths across California. This has in large part to due with the care LA County inmates receive. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Overcrowded facilities are the most significant single factor driving jail deaths in Los Angeles. The jail system has operated at as high as 16 percent over capacity this year. This means that not only are the facilities physically crowded, but resources are also being stretched beyond their breaking point.” There are a number of common causes of inmate deaths:
- Respiratory illnesses
- Heart attacks
- Septic shock
All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare for all of their medical conditions. This includes the acute health needs that any inmate may experience. A large number of in-custody deaths involve inmates that do not get proper care as they are going through a drug overdose. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death.
- Evidence of physical trauma should be documented.
- All medical records related to the death should be examined.
- Surveillance footage should be reviewed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Not every instance of neglect will rise to the level of a constitutional violation. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved and examined after any in-custody death. The family of any person that died in a Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rodolfo Carrillo. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. The sheer number of in-custody deaths across LA County this year is deeply concerning.
Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.