Inmate Eddie Sosa (Full Name: Eddie Ray Sosa) Died At Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit In Livingston
POLK COUNTY, TEXAS (December 30, 2023) - An inmate identified as Eddie Sosa has tragically died at a Polk County jail after experiencing a medical emergency at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit in Livingston.
TDCJ Polunsky Unit officials are saying that the incident began around December 26. Correctional officers found Eddie Sosa unresponsive in his jail cell.
Paramedics were called to the scene and began life-saving measures before he was transported to the hospital. Sadly, he was not able to be revived.
Eddie Sosa was later pronounced dead by medical staff. His medical cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For TDCJ Polunsky Unit Inmate Deaths
Cardiovascular disease remains one of the leading causes of inmate deaths in the United States. According to Science Direct, “CVD has been among the top causes of death among jail inmates and state prisoners (14), and is a common cause of death immediately following release from correctional facilities. Published reports suggest that there is an association between having a history of incarceration and cardiovascular risk factors, morbidity, and mortality from CVD.” There are a number of common symptoms jails should look for which can indicate an inmate will experience a heart attack.
- Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack.
- Upper body discomfort in one or both arms is also common.
- People may also experience shortness of breath.
- Unexplained fatigue or weakness can also be a symptom of a heart attack.
The Supreme Court has held time and time again that depriving inmates of basic medical care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore prohibited. The level of care that any inmate may need will depend largely on their unique health profile. Inmates with pre-existing medical conditions will typically need greater levels of care and close monitoring. It is important that jails have clear policies related to preventing inmate deaths.
- Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
- Jails should have emergency plans when inmates need hospitalization.
- Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs of a medical emergency.
It can be hard to know where to begin after a loved one has died in custody. In many situations, jail officials will not be transparent about what took place. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights under the constitution. when a jail is deliberately indifferent about the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know if any jail death was due to neglect.
Investigating TDCJ Polunsky Unit Inmate Deaths
We at Scott H. Palmer, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eddie Sosa. Any person that may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. There have been so many deaths across Texas in recent months. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent additional deaths from taking place.
Do you need more information about a TDCJ Polunsky Unit inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their unlawful actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 214-987-4100.