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ADELANTO: Jose Ibarra Bucio Died At Detention Facility While Awaiting Immigration Court Hearing

Apr 8, 2019

Jose Bucio Adelanto: 27-Year-Old Jose Ibarra Bucio Died At Adelanto Detention Facility While Awaiting Immigration Court Hearing

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2019) – A 27-year-old man identified as Jose Ibarra Bucio has tragically died after collapsing at California’s largest detention facility in Adelanto. 

The Coalition For Human Rights is saying that Jose Ibarra Bucio collapsed while he was being led to an immigration court hearing back in February. He was taken to the hospital but later fell into a coma. 

The City of Adelanto has decided that it would end its contract with immigration authorities along with the private prison where he was staying following complaints about conditions there. 

The facility where Jose Ibarra Bucio stayed has been operating for the last 8 years and has over 1,900 beds. The detention center is owned by The Geo Group, which has not yet made a comment about the prisoner’s death. 

The Rise of The For Profit Prison

The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates among the developed nations of the world. Imprisonment deprives individuals of their freedom, separates families and puts a burden on government resources. This comes at the same time that for-profit prisons stand to reap the benefit of an inmate’s detainment. Unfortunately, quality of care often comes at the expense of maximizing profits. Whether a prison or detention center is private or public they have an obligation to make sure that inmates are being taken care of. Depending on numerous factors a detention facility may face civil liability for an inmate’s death. 

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Detention centers have a legal responsibility to provide inmates with reasonably adequate medical care. This is guaranteed under the federal constitution through the Supreme Court precedent Estelle v. Gamble. When a prison, jail or detention facility is “deliberately indifferent” to an inmate’s serious medical needs they could face civil liability in the event of that inmate’s death. 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “A prison official demonstrates “deliberate indifference” if he or she recklessly disregards a substantial risk of harm to the prisoner. This is a higher standard than negligence, and requires that the official knows of and disregards an excessive risk of harm to the prisoner. The prison official does not, however, need to know of a specific risk from a specific source.” A prison should not, for example, take a course of action which will likely lead to the inmate being harmed.

If there is a pattern of inmate neglect at a particular detention facility, officials should work to correct this problem. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. This is especially problematic with for profit prisons. Saving money can take precedent over giving inmates the care that they deserve. The family of a victim that died may have legal recourse through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating An Inmate Death

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Ibarra Bucio as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Providing quality care should not be lost so that large corporations can increase their profit margins. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators.

Has someone that you love died at the Adelanto detention facility? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that our immigration and prison systems treat all people fairly. Every single person being held against their will deserves due process and equal protection of the laws. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need answers about a particular incident we are here for you. You are always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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