Inmates may not have all the rights that they had prior to incarceration, but they do have rights that protect them from cruel and unusual punishment, access to medical care and protection from other inmates. When someone is taken into custody, the government assumes responsibility for the inmate’s health and safety. If an inmate dies while in custody, several entities may be held financially and legally responsible.
A wrongful death in a correctional facility can be caused by many different negligent actions committed by the correctional facility staff or prison guards. You are likely shocked and angry at the loss of your loved one. When an incarcerated family member dies in prison, you have a right to hold the correctional facility accountable for their actions.
If you have lost a loved one while they were incarcerated, you may have a claim against the correction facility for negligence and wrongful death.