Susan White, 54, Died In Custody After Staying At Los Angeles County Jail 

pexels-pixabay-236380LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2024) – A 54-year-old woman identified as Susan White has tragically died in custody after staying in a Los Angeles County jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on May 14. Correctional officers noticed that Susan White was in some type of medical distress.

She was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles County and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. Despite life-saving measures, Susan White was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A full investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths 

Cardiovascular illnesses remain a major cause of jail deaths across California and the United States. According to the Journal of American Cardiology, “Currently, 2.2 million individuals are incarcerated and more than 11 million have been released from U.S. correctional facilities. Individuals with a history of incarceration are more likely to be of racial and ethnic minority populations, poor, and have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors, especially smoking and hypertension.” Many of these deaths are entirely preventable.

  • Jails should make sure that all inmates have a thorough health screening.
  • Jails should work closely with healthcare providers.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs an inmate is in medical distress.

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could face liability if an inmate dies in custody. Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate healthcare. However, jails will often outsource their healthcare needs to private companies that are more concerned with making money than providing constitutionally adequate care. There are several factors that could contribute to any inmate’s death.

  • Deaths are more likely to take place in jails that are overcrowded.
  • Deaths are more likely when jails are understaffed.
  • Deaths are more likely when jail staff are poorly trained.

It can be hard to know where to begin after a loved one dies in custody. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about what took place. Jails are quick to label inmate deaths as “natural,” but many inmate deaths involve some amount of jail medical neglect. This is why it is so important to seek skilled legal advice after an inmate’s death.

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Susan White. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight of Los Angeles County jails. The sheer number of inmate deaths in LA County in recent years remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate’s death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping inmates and holding jails accountable for their neglect. 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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