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Inmate Died At The Ontario County Jail After Becoming Unresponsive In Cell

Ontario County Jail Inmate Died After Correctional Officers Found Him Unresponsive In Cell

Ontario County Jail Inmate Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Cell

ONTARIO COUNTY, NEW YORK (November 8, 2021) – An inmate has tragically died after some type of medical emergency in his Ontario County Jail cell.

Ontario County officials are saying that the incident took place around 5:00 a.m. on Friday, November 5th. Correctional officers found the inmate unconscious and unresponsive in his jail cell.

Paramedics arrived at the Ontario County Jail and began life-saving measures. The inmate was transported to the FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, but he later died in the Intensive Care Unit.

An autopsy is being performed at the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. A full investigation into what may have caused the Ontario County Jail inmate’s death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In New York Inmate Deaths

State prisons have increasingly become deadly places in the United States. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), inmate deaths due to suicide, homicide and drug or alcohol intoxication were at an all time high for 2018.  As reported by the Prison Policy Initiative, “Prisons have been, and continue to be, dangerous places, exposing incarcerated people to unbearable physical and mental conditions.” There are a number of factors that have contributed to the sharp rise in inmate deaths over the years.

  • Privatization: More and more prisons have become privatized. They’ve adopted a profit incentive that is often at odds with the well-being of inmates.
  • Staff Shortages: When fewer correctional officers are overlooking inmates, this increases the likelihood of safety lapses. Inmates may not receive the adequate monitoring they need in the event of a medical emergency.
  • Poor Training: Correctional officers often don’t get the training they need to properly deal with inmates. This is especially true for inmates that are experiencing some type of medical or mental health crisis.

Inmates have a constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. As such, prisoners have a right to live in a reasonably safe environment. They also have a legal right to reasonably adequate healthcare. When a jail or correctional officers are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, they could be liable in the event that an inmate dies. Correctional officers should occasionally monitor the inmates in their care. If an inmate is known to have suicidal ideations, they should receive additional monitoring. Failing to properly monitor inmates or give them medical care could create the basis for a negligence claim.

Consider, for example, the case of Luckey v. City of N.Y.. Eva Luckey was a prisoner at Rikers Island in New York City.  She was on prescription asthma medication for two weeks prior to her arrest. But when she was admitted to jail she was only provided rescue medication. According to her family’s attorneys, she died due to negligence on the part of jail staff after they failed to give her medication to control her asthma. Correctional officers also failed to give her CPR when she went into respiratory distress. The city eventually settled with her family. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Correctional officers should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • A full, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that died in an Ontario County Jail may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In order to win any civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. Sadly, though, jails will often fight extremely hard to deny liability on the part of any of their correctional officers. A New York wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an inmate’s death.

Investigating The Death Of A New York Inmate

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the inmate that died in the Ontario County Jail. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

This incident also raises a number of safety concerns. What was the cause of this inmate’s death? Were they given adequate medical treatment? Were they being properly monitored? For far too many inmates, jails have become death sentences due to the lack of care they provide. It is our sincere hope that Ontario County officials will consider measures to help make this jail safer for the sake of every inmate there.

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