pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064908Inmate Skyler Rasmussen, 28, Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Jail Cell At Sonoma County Jail

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (May 5, 2024) – A 28-year-old inmate awaiting trial identified as Skyler Rasmussen has died while in custody at a Sonoma County jail.

Sonoma County officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday. Correctional officers noticed that Skyler Rasmussen was unresponsive in his jail cell.

Jail staff began CPR, used an AED machine, and administered Narcan. But efforts to revive him were not successful.

Skyler Rasmussen was later pronounced dead at the jail. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Sonoma County Inmate Deaths

Inmate deaths remain alarmingly common across California and the United States. According to the Behind Bars Data Project, “In 2020, at least 6,182 people died in U.S. prisons.  This is a 46% increase in the lives lost behind bars from 2019, despite a 10% decrease in the overall prison population.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Drug overdoses
  • Homicide
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Excessive force by jail guards

Every inmate in California has a legal right to receive medical care. Failing to give inmates medical care is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in any number of different ways.

  • A jail may have failed to perform periodic wellness checks on an inmate.
  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • A jail may have failed to provide an inmate with medical detoxification.

Jails in California are often quick to label inmate deaths as “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that a large portion of the inmate deaths labeled as natural actually involve some amount of medical neglect. This is why it is so important that all inmate deaths are properly investigated. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Sonoma County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Skyler Rasmussen. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Do you need more information about an inmate death in Sonoma County? Our team of civil rights attorneys is 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 a free, independent investigation into any in-custody death, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.




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