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Irma McLaughlin Died During Stay At Sacramento County Main Jail

Oct 1, 2018

Inmate Irma McLaughlin Died Several Days After Her Arrest and Stay at the Sacramento County Main Jail

 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2018) A 66-year-old inmate identified as  Irma McLaughlin has died after she was arrested and stayed at the Sacramento County  Jail.

Irma McLaughlin became injured after her arrest and she was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center. Family of the victim are saying that her eyes were black and blue when they came to visit her.

She was also scratched down her side with a broken hip. Irma McLaughlin was sent to the hospital on September 1 and she ended up dying two days later.

Irma McLaughlin’s daughter said that she was a hardworking waitress who had two jobs in order to help take care of her children.

Sheriff’s department officials are saying that the victim fell in an accident while she was in her cell. The woman’s children are saying that UC Davis doctors and nurses are disputing that claim.

The family believes that someone attacked her. An investigation into the death of Irma McLaughlin remains ongoing at this point.

Inmate Death and Mistreatment

Unfortunately, deaths and county and state jails can be quite common. At state prisons most of the deaths that occur are due to suicide. At county jails suicide and inmate assault remain a serious problem. In 2017 residents of Los Angeles took to the streets in order to protest the treatment of prisoners after a string of deaths. Among other things the protestors called on state officials to release the names of 300 correctional officers who were accused of misconduct. Depending on the facts of any incident, an inmates family may have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages. An experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Inmates have a right to a reasonably safe environment and access to reasonably adequate medical care. Jails can be a dangerous place for inmates. Among other things inmates can attack each other. Reasonable steps should be taken to make sure this does not happen. When prison staff have been deliberately indifferent to the safety or serious medical needs of an inmate that may expose the jail to civil liability. An inmate or their family may have the ability to file a claim in order to be compensated for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After An Inmate Death

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Irma McLaughlin. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of the prison staff that were supposed to be taking care of her. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. No family should ever have to go through something like this.

Has someone that you love died due to the neglect of prison officials. You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here for you. We can investigate your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and will work hard to get you justice after an accident. Whether you just have questions about your rights or you’re seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we can help. Contact us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. SONSEEAHRAY TONSALL. Family Claims Inmate Died after Questionable Stay at Sacramento County Jail. September 10, 2018

  2. Ephrat Livni, Esq. Inmate Wrongful Deaths: Suing for Neglect or Abuse in Jail or Prison.September 15, 2018

  3. Maya Lau. After four recent inmate deaths, protesters call for changes in L.A. county jails. March 12, 2018

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