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Inmate dies in recreation yard at Pitchess

Posted: August 28, 2012 9:42 a.m.
Updated: August 28, 2012 9:42 a.m.

Homicide detectives are looking into the jailhouse death of a 22-year-old inmate at Pitchess Detention Center Monday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies report.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, officials at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic reported a young man “in distress” in the jail’s recreation yard, Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a media statement issued Monday night.

“Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives responded to the North County Correctional Facility, 29340 The Old Road, Castaic, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate,” he said.

The inmate was treated at the scene then taken from the facility to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“There is no indication that the inmate’s death is criminal in nature,” Pope said.

The name of the inmate has not been released.

Whenever the death of an inmate occurs in the Los Angeles County jail system, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene, according to the sheriff.

These include separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau, and Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Justice System Integrity Division personnel from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office intend to attend the autopsy, Pope said in his release.

Attorneys with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review also respond to the jail, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout every phase of the investigation, he said.

Once concluded, every aspect of the death is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Death Review Committee.



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