Inmate Salvador Hernandez, 33, Died Due To Suspected Fentanyl Toxicity At Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 12, 2023) – An inmate identified as Salvador Hernandez has tragically died following a medical emergency at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. Correctional officers noticed that Salvador Hernandez was in some type of medical distress.

Medical staff and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Sadly, his condition continued to decline and he was later pronounced dead.

Salvador Hernandez’s cause of death was listed as an “accident” due to the effects of fentanyl. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate deaths in the United States. According to Health and Justice, “Fentanyl-related overdoses are occurring in correctional facilities with unknown but likely increasing frequency. In addition to the need for improved detection and reporting, immediate efforts to 1) increase understanding of the risks of fentanyl and how to prevent and treat overdose among correctional staff and residents, 2) ensure widespread prompt availability of naloxone and 3) expand the availability of medications to treat opioid use disorder for people who are incarcerated will save lives.” There are a number of signs an inmate is going through a fentanyl overdose.

  • Difficulty breathing and respiratory distress
  • Constricted pupils
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Weak pulse
  • Vomiting

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could be liable for the death of an inmate in their care. The Supreme Court has held time and time again that inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare. When a jail suspects that an inmate is going through an overdose, they must take corrective actions. There are a number of reasons that an inmate might go through an overdose.

  • A healthcare provider may have administered the wrong drug or given an inmate too much of a certain medication.
  • An inmate may have been going through an overdose already as they were being booked into a jail.
  • An inmate may have taken some drug that was smuggled into the jail system.

Overdose deaths are highly preventable inside of jails. They are much more likely when there are systematic failures and oversights within a jail system. In particular, overcrowding places a great strain on the quality of care that every inmate receives. The family of any person that died in-custody 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 Salvador Hernandez. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that safety precautions will be taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at the Men’s Central Jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. 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.


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