Inmate Ronald Forsyth, 53, Died While Staying At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 8, 2024) – A 53-year-old inmate identified as Ronald Forsyth has tragically died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner listed the death as taking place on January 12. Correctional officers noticed that Ronald Forsyth was in need of medical aid.
Despite life-saving measures, he was later pronounced dead at the jail. Very few details about the death of Ronald Forsyth have been released at this time.
This was the third death at a Los Angeles County jail for 2024. A full investigation remains ongoing.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Los Angeles County has an extremely poor reputation with respect to the care that they have given inmates over the years. The county has faced numerous lawsuits relating to inmate deaths and the treatment of inmates. According to Los Angeles Daily News, “First-hand accounts submitted to the court described inmates sleeping on cold floors, littered with trash and feces, in overcrowded cells. Individuals suffering from medical and mental health conditions were sometimes chained to benches for hours and not provided with the medications they needed, Eliasberg said.” LA County inmates have faced other forms of mistreatment.
- Inmates have claimed to be the victims of sexual abuse by prison guards.
- Inmates have claimed that they have not received proper mental healthcare.
- Inmates have been attacked and seriously injured by other inmates.
Under the U.S. Constitution, a correctional facility has a legal responsibility to provide for the safety and well-being of the inmates in their care. If a jail fails to meet their constitutional duties, they can be held liable for a death. In particular, jails must not be deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of inmates. It is relatively common for inmates to not receive proper care for the following health conditions.
- Drug overdoses
- Drug withdrawal
- Heart disease
- Septic shock
Inmates tend to fare worse than the general public for numerous health conditions. For example, inmates with sepsis were nearly three times more likely to die than the general public. Inmates at jails that outsourced healthcare to private companies also tended to be worse off. The family of any person that died at a county jail may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.
Investigating Inmate Deaths At The Twin Towers Correctional Facility
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ronald Forsyth. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles? Our team of civil rights attorneys are 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 support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.