Inmate Thomas Davis Died After Being Found Unresponsive At The Solano County Jail

SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2024) – A 45-year-old inmate identified as Thomas Davis has tragically died following a medical emergency at the Solano County Jail.

Solano County officials are saying that the incident took place on September 25. Jail officials said that they encountered Thomas Davis while he was unresponsive.

Jail staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. Those efforts were taken over by medics but ultimately not successful.

A full investigation into the death of Thomas Davis remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Solano County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of people die in-custody every year. A substantial number of these deaths involve people who were never convicted of the crime they were charged with. According to National Public Radio, “Unlike state and federal prisons, which hold people convicted of serious crimes, jails are locally run lockups meant to detain people awaiting arraignment or trial, or those serving short sentences. The toll of jail inmates who die without a case resolution subverts a fundamental tenet of the U.S. criminal justice system: innocent until proven guilty.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Suicide
  • Homicide
  • Heart attacks
  • Drug overdoses

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. Every inmate has a right to live free from cruel and unusual punishment. In this context, authorities can be held liable for  an in-custody death if they were deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate. There are many signs which could indicate an inmate is in serious medical distress.

  • An inmate may complain about chest pain.
  • An inmate may appear unconscious or unresponsive.
  • An inmate may be hyperventilating.
  • An inmate may appear confused or disoriented.

There are often many signs that an inmate may need more extensive care. But these are often ignored. Jail officials routinely deny care requests and claim that inmates are faking their illness. These types of decisions can have lethal consequences. The family of any person that died in a jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim. It is always a good idea to seek the guidance of an experience civil rights attorney after any inmate death.


Investigating Solano County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Thomas Davis. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials should do their part and implement greater oversight.

Do you need more information about a Solano County inmate death? Our team of civil rights advocates may be able to help you. We are committed to helping inmates and holding jails accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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