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SAN DIEGO: Michael Richard Wilson Died Of Heart Failure At Front Street Detention Center In Jail Cell


Apr 16, 2019

Michael Wilson San Diego: 32-Year-Old Inmate Michael Richard Wilson Died From Heart Failure At Front Street Detention Center

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (April 16, 2019) – A 32-year-old inmate identified as Michael Richard Wilson was the fourth person to die in a San Diego jail in recent weeks. 

Authorities said that Michael Richard Wilson succumbed to heart failure inside his cell at the Front Street Detention Center. San Diego authorities said that the inmate was taken to the hospital but died shortly thereafter. 

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

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Jails and detention centers have a constitutional duty to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare. But this right is not always respected. According to the NCBI, “Currently, nearly 2.3 million US inmates (about 1% of US adults) must rely on their jailers for health care. Although prisoners have a constitutional right to health care through the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual” punishment, periodic scandals, as well as previous studies, indicate that prisoners’ access to health care and the quality of that care are often deficient.” One of the major problems facing our criminal justice system is counties outsourcing inmate care to third-party for-profit companies. 

In many situations, for-profit companies are more concerned with getting a return on their money than providing inmates with good care. Courts have generally held that when a county is “deliberately indifferent” to the serious medical needs of an inmate they could face civil liability following an inmate’s death. The family of a victim that died may be able to seek justice 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. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to pursue a claim so it’s important to act quickly.

Investigating An Inmate Death 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Richard Wilson. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim’s family. It is unacceptable that so many inmates are dying in San Diego. There needs to be measures taken to make sure that inmates are getting the proper medical care afforded to them under the federal constitution. 

If someone that you love has died at a San Diego jail you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We care deeply about making sure that victims get the support and justice that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about you rights or need more information about an incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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