Inmate Shaundale Booker, 21, of Moreno Valley, Died Following Medical Emergency At Southwest Detention Center In Murrieta

MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA (December 20, 2023) – A 21-year-old inmate identified as Shaundale Booker has tragically died after facing a short illness at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Shaundale Booker was admitted to a local hospital in order to receive treatment for a medical condition.

His condition worsened during his time at the hospital. Sadly, Shaundale Booker was later pronounced dead by medical staff. This is the third in-custody death in Riverside County in the last 5 days.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Murrieta Inmate Deaths

Families have continued to file lawsuits after their loved ones have died in Riverside County jails. According to KTLA 5, “The families of three men who died while in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are suing for civil rights violations. […] Attorneys representing the families said the inmate deaths could have been prevented and are now seeking justice.” There are many ways that inmate deaths can be prevented.

  • Jail officials must provide inmates with adequate mental and medical healthcare.
  • Jail officials should get inmates prompt medical care when it is needed.
  • Jail officials should receive comprehensive training on use-of-force policies.

When the state assumes control over a person through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Inmates must receive proper healthcare. This begins when an inmate is first admitted. They must get a thorough health screening and be medically cleared. Unfortunately, though, many inmates who are in medical distress are still placed in jail and denied proper care. Several conditions could lead to an inmate’s death.

  • Drug overdoses
  • Respiratory failure
  • Septic shock
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Cardiac events

Many jails are quick to label in-custody deaths as “natural.” But this designation can often be highly misleading. Many supposedly “natural” deaths involve inmates in their 20’s and 30’s. The fact of the matter is that many “natural” deaths involve some amount of jail medical neglect. Family members of any inmate that dies in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Riverside County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Shaundale Booker. Any person that may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. The sheer number of deaths at Riverside County jails remains deeply concerning.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at a Riverside County jail? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of civil rights advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. we care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their negligence. 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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