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Inmate Death at Lake County Jail Raises Questions on the Civil Liberties of Prisoners

Steve Wagner

Inmate deaths are always a cause of concern. The latest of such incidents took place recently when an inmate at the Lake County Jail died in custody. The jail authorities rushed the inmate to the hospital, but the doctors pronounced him dead at the emergency room.

The reasons for the death are under investigation by a team of detectives and crime scene investigators. Autopsy and toxicology results that would offer conclusive evidence could take several weeks to come in. However, the victim did have a pre-existing medical condition and possible mental illness.

Unless such prison deaths are owing to natural causes, the next of kin of the deceased can file a lawsuit claiming damages for civil rights violation. Even if an inmate committed suicide or had pre-existing conditions that led to the demise, the prison authorities could be accused of negligence, for failure to take adequate safeguards that would have prevented the inmate under their care from committing suicide, or failure to provide adequate medical care that would have prevented the aggravation of the pre-existing condition.

In this context, it is pertinent to note that in January 2013, a federal judge had ruled, in a petition filed by the American Council of Civil Liberties(ACLU) that the Indiana Department of Correction violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment by placing mentally ill prisoners in isolation and depriving them of adequate medical treatment.

Wagner Reese civil rights attorney is the right choice to represent you in all prison negligence, wrongful death and other civil rights violation cases. Our skilled and experienced civil rights attorney cover all bases to present a strong case that is likely to provide you with compensation to make up for at least a small portion of your loss. Contact us at (888) 204-8440. We do not charge any money upfront and you do not have to pay us anything until you receive your settlement.

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